This Household Product Doubles as a Low-Cost, Non-Toxic Fertilizer

Looking for a safe, non-toxic way to keep your lawn and gardens healthy this year?

You don’t have to buy commercial fertilizers. All you need is a bag of Epsom salt, which is magnesium sulfate. Magnesium, which is used in most fertilizers, gives plants a nutritional boost.

You can buy Epsom salt at most grocery stores and pharmacies. Make sure you have 3 pounds of Epsom salt for 1,250 square feet of lawn. Just sprinkle it around the root zones of trees or mix it with the water for houseplants.

You also can grow flowers, especially roses, with Epsom salt. You’ll get much bigger blooms and much richer color!

Watch the video above to see Joe’s Simple Solution.


  1. Epsom Salts is only good if there is a magnesium deficiency. The best way to find out if you need to fertilize is have your soil tested.

    Sorry Joe

  2. Thanks, Charlie, for the clarification, and you’re absolutely right. Before introducing any amendment to your lawn or garden–including epsom salt–you should first test the condition of the soil. In fact, it’s recommended that you test the soil every one to three years to determine what, if anything, needs to be added.

  3. I just love your show! You guys are funny and informative! I’ve learned so much and been inspired to do some of your projects at my own house.
    Wondering where the other gentleman has been of late ( I think his name is Allen) Funny Guy, too.
    Keep them coming!

    • Hi, Ruthann!
      Thanks so much for watching “Today’s Homeowner.” We’re glad you enjoy the show — season 21’s new episodes begin airing next week, so we’re very excited about that. 🙂
      Regarding your question: Allen Lyle decided in April 2017 to pursue other opportunities, and we wish him the best.
      Take care!

    • Absolutely, Papa! Epsom salt could take longer to melt the ice than table salt would, but Epsom salt would be safer around plants, too.


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