Guide to Fertilising the Lawn


Everybody wants to have a beautiful, lush green lawn in their garden, but the truth is that the type of lawn seen on gardening programmes takes a lot of time and effort. If you want to turn your garden green, and ensure that it lasts for more than a season, then the right lawn fertiliser is essential. The right fertilisers for grass minimise the amount of weeds and pests in the grass, and also promote healthy growth. There are a number of different types of fertiliser available that you can use, but knowing when and how to apply lawn fertiliser to your garden can make a big difference in the end result.

The right time for fertiliser
Most lawn fertilisers work best when they are added to your lawn during the early spring period. This is when grass seed tends to produce shoots and green leaves, and is often recommended on the side of fertiliser packets. However, as most modern lawn seed will be a mix of more than one type of grass, and this means that they are sprouting at different times, fertilisation needs to be performed more than once a year. Most experts recommend one fertilisation session in the spring, and then a repeated session in the autumn. If you have any doubts, then the description on your fertiliser packet should give you some hints of what to do.

Applying lawn fertiliser
How you apply the fertiliser will depend upon the variety that you have purchased. If you have a machine, such as a rotary fertiliser or a broadcast lawn spreader, then you may not need to follow specific advice from manufacturers, and can instead simply put the fertiliser into your machine. By using a spreader, you can cover the entire surface of the lawn much more easily. Simply adding the fertiliser to watering cans and using this to water the lawn can also work. Once the fertiliser has been applied, you should water your lawn with a good hose, helping the fertiliser to travel into the depths of the soil.

Types of fertiliser
You may have noticed that there are a broad variety of different types of fertiliser which can be used on lawns. It can be hard to work out exactly what fertiliser will be right for you unless you understand the terms used. Most fertilisers include phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium, which are labelled as fast foods N-P-K. If you really want to know how much of each you should use, then soil tests can help you to understand the balance of nutrients in your soul. Lawn fertilisers will have the N-P-K ratios listed as a series of numbers, such as 18-10-10. In addition, most lawn fertilisers feature a time release system, which means that the fertilisers are released into the soil slowly over a number of months. Gradual release does the same thing, minimising the risk of burns to your grass. If you want to fertilise the lawn in a hurry, then you could try water or liquid soluble fertilisers.

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