10 unusual ways to help your garden grass grow

From aspirin to urine...

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Did you know aspirin, garlic and even urine can help grass grow? Used in the right way, there are plenty of unusual items that could actually help to give your lawn a timely spring growth.

From odd pesticides to strange fertilisers, the garden experts from have shared a list of items that could aid your garden grass' growth.

1. Garlic

Spreading cloves of this root vegetable over your grass can ensure a smooth surface. 'It helps to deter parasites from getting to and destroying the roots,' BillyOh.com explain.

2. Heat lamps

Of course, grass cannot grow from the artificial light alone, but closely targeting a heat lamp or two at particularly worn areas of lawn could give your patch the boost it needs, as lights can heat up the soil and replicate warmer conditions.

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3. Stilettos shoes

'Nutrients and water can’t penetrate to the roots where they’re needed when grass gets too thick, but this problem can be tackled by poking holes in the lawn. So taking a stroll on the garden lawn in your favourite stiletto heels or spiked golf shoes could improve aeration and help your grass to survive and thrive,' they reveal.

4. Vinegar

Instead of spending lots of money on toxic chemicals to tackle weeds on your lawn, pour directly on them. According to BillyOh, the acetic acid 'will stop weed growth without damaging the soil and also deter small pests like ants'. Regular dining table vinegar can also be used.



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5. Test tubes

'Green fingered Brits should test the pH levels of garden soil – this can help gardeners neutralise excessively alkaline or acidic lawns by more accurately tailoring the nutrients given to grass, which should improve its growth prospects,' the team at BillyOh explain.

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*You should also invest in a soil testing kit. This is the number one best-seller on Amazon.

6. Pennies

1p and 2p coins contain copper, which is an effective fungicide that can protect grass from infections. 'Bury a few pennies under the lawn and the metal will slowly leach from them, destroying fungal spores in the soil – in return for a literally small investment, your lawn could be much healthier for years to come,' they reveal.

7. Grass

Grass helping grass to grow might sound odd, but instead of bagging up clippings when mowing the lawn, they should be left on the garden. This helps to recycle nutrients stored up in the stems, fertilising the lawn and reducing watering requirements.

You could also 'brew' grass clipping tea in a big barrel filled with water. Let it sit for around a week and then use it to water the lawn with the nitrogen rich 'tea'.

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8. Human urine

Nitrogen rich urine can be an effective grass fertiliser that could encourage growth when applied directly. It needs to be diluted appropriately though, to reduce its acidity and salt levels – try around 10 parts water to one part pee.

9. Rusty nails

Grass needs iron to make chlorophyll, which is necessary for the photosynthesis process by which it generates energy for growth. BillyOh explain: 'To avoid a deficiency and boost your lawn’s iron intake, throw some rusty old nails into a watering can to quickly create an iron-rich solution to water the grass with.'

10. Aspirin

Dissolve a couple of aspirin into a jug of water once a fortnight and spray over your garden lawn to give it additional resistance to bacteria and insect infestations – but be careful not to overdose and damage the plants.


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