GREEN Lawn Care for CHEAP! The secret of using sugar on your lawn.

Enjoy this guest post from my friend, Lauralee:
How to use sugar on your lawn as an inexpensive fertilizer

Generally speaking, going Green means spending lots of Greens. Having a GREEN weed free lawn can can cost $300-$500 a year, just for lawn fertilizer and weed killer!

I don’t want to spend a fortune keeping my lawn looking nice and I also don’t like having to keep my kids off the grass for a few days after we have fertilized it. I asked my dad if he had a better solution and he said all you need is this:

All you need is this:

That’s right, SUGAR. Plain white table sugar may just be the answer to your ‘green’ problems!
  • Sugar feeds beneficial microbes, insects, and worms
  • Sugar won’t cause allergic reactions in people or pets
  • Sugar will fortify grass while discouraging weeds
  • Sugar is easy to apply
  • Sugar is cheap
  • Sugar will not only make your lawn green … but ‘green’, that is free from chemicals that damage the soil, our water supply, and ourselves.
Chemical fertilizers and herbicides kill off the beneficial microbes and insects that enrich soil. Sugar—the simplest carbohydrate—feeds them. And in turn, they will enrich your soil by —
  • Increasing nutrients and enhancing the absorption of those nutrients
  • Promoting nitrogen availability
  • Increasing photosynthesis for a greener plant
  • Stimulating root formation
  • Improving soil structure
  • Increasing humus levels
  • Providing resistance to the climate extremes of heat, drought, and cold
  • Controlling fungal diseases like brown spot
St. Augustine and other grasses thrive on nutrient-rich soil. Weeds, on the other hand, love poor soil because they can take over and crowd out unhealthy sod that barely gets enough nutrients from those sporadic, artificial feedings. Nutrient-rich soil, on the other hand, nourishes your grass every day without depletion.
 If you have something like this hand-spreader or this broadcast spreader to help disperse the sugar it is helpful, but not required.



It’s easy to apply sugar to your lawn. 

You don’t have to be precise and you don’t have to use a spreader.

  • Just sprinkle it onto your lawn by hand.
    • I use an old juice container with a wide mouth, and just walk up and down the lawn, shaking out the sugar.
  • Use a 5-pound bag for each 1,000 square feet of lawn.
    • You cannot use too much, and it won’t burn your grass if more sugar spills on a concentrated area.
  • I would suggest applying sugar several times during the first year of use.
    • Since your lawn has been damaged from years of chemical applications, it needs time for those artificial fertilizers to be leached out of the ground and even more time to replenish those microbes that have been chased away.
  • Once your lawn is normalized, you only have to spread sugar twice a year, in spring and fall.
  • After applying, thoroughly wet down your lawn.

If you want to make your lawn healthy and at the same time eliminate crabgrass, Bermuda grass, dandelions, clover, dollar weed and other shallow rooted weeds like chickweed, fire your lawn care company and start acquiring a sweet tooth!

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Thanks for sharing, Lauralee!

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  1. says

    I’m guessing this is fine for areas that don’t have sugar ants but there’s no way I could do this. My city is practically one giant ant hill and this would be akin to inviting the ants to take over my property.

  2. says

    I just sprinkled sugar on my yard. The spreader didn’t work as well as I had hoped. The dugar had a tendency of clumping around the bottom. I had to really shake the spreader. When I got to the back yard? I did it by hand. My yard is all bermuda and I can’t imagine why this would hurt it. Time will only tell.

  3. says

    Seriously? How did it go? It’s always great to find a more economical way of doing thins.
    It’s true about the harmful pesticides and all. In case one is opting to hire lawn care professionals, it’s important to hire those who have permits and really know what they’re doing. :)

    • FunCheapOrFree says

      I haven’t tried it personally because we are still working on our landscaping in our house. According to the comments and reviews other people have made, only a few people have had ant problems. I recommend just experimenting on a small square of lawn to test it if you’re hesitant!


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