Finding the one can be hard. Finding the right fertiliser? Easy, with our super handy guide. Fertilising your garden, just like finding the one, may seem like a bit of a myth. We’re here to tell you it’s not!
You may also think that the only time to use fertiliser is in spring. While spring is the ideal time to use most fertilisers, they can also be used in autumn/winter for varying reasons, and we’ll tell you why.
Spring / Summer Fertiliser
As we said previously, the best time to use fertiliser is in spring. Using a fertiliser in early spring can guarantee a healthy sward in summer, and keep your grass looking luscious all summer long with a nitrogen rich fertiliser. If you have an existing lawn that’s in pretty good nick, and just needs maintained – we would recommend our QUICK RELEASE: Spring / Summer fertiliser. Otherwise, our SLOW RELEASE: Spring / Summer fertiliser is our recommended fertiliser.
SLOW RELEASE: Spring / Summer is the ideal fertiliser for any existing lawn. Apply during March to see results for up to 12 – 16 weeks. This is a gradual fertiliser, so results are not immediate – however, this feed will last much longer than QUICK RELEASE: Spring / Summer that gives a ‘quick’ burst of life to your lawn. With UK weather tendencies, you may not need to water this fertiliser in - but if there has been a lengthy dry patch then it is best to water the fertiliser as it will need moisture to activate.
QUICK RELEASE: Spring / Summer is the perfect fertiliser if you’ve had a forgetful moment (been a bit of a late bloomer) and realised your grass is looking rather pale. It’s also extremely useful if the forecast shows its finally BBQ weather and it’s time to get the friends and family round. This fertiliser burst will last for around 6 weeks and is an intensive treatment. Avoid applying this fertiliser during particularly hot periods of weather – if unavoidable try to apply during cooler nights or overcast days. Remember to water the fertiliser off after application, as it can scorch your grass blades. We advise that you avoid applying this fertiliser after August – although it will make your grass green again, this immediate growth will not last through the winter and you may be disappointed by the results. And we don’t want that.
Autumn / Winter Fertiliser
It may seem strange to apply fertiliser to your lawn in autumn / winter – a time when it is typically ‘dormant’. However, applying feed during this time does have its benefits. The main benefit of feeding your grass during the autumn / winter months is that it will come out the other side (spring/summer) much stronger, and will be protected against disease during the winter months when frost is likely to form, or snow is likely to fall.
Just as with spring / summer fertiliser, our SLOW RELEASE: Autumn / Winter is our recommended feed for any existing lawn. By applying this fertiliser in August, you are effectively preparing your lawn for the winter months. Packing a punch with root-strengthening potassium, this feed will help you make it through the wilderness. Madonna style.
Our QUICK RELEASE: Autumn / Winter fertiliser is an intensive feed that can be used from August – October. Its main job is to strengthen your grass’ roots while keeping disease at bay. It can’t be used as late in the year as our SLOW RELEASE: Autumn / Winter fertiliser as its protection is intensive but only meant for short term use. If you are considering using our SLOW RELEASE: Spring / Summer fertiliser for that from-the get-go-green grass then Quick Release will give your garden the pre-boost and protection it needs during winter.
Winter Turf Hardener
Winter Turf Hardener is a great addition to your lawn if you’re particularly worried about winter borne lawn diseases such as Snow Mould (Fusarium Patch) and Red Thread, or your lawn has suffered from them before. Winter Turf Hardener works by doing exactly what it says on the tin – by hardening your turf, it makes your grass seed less susceptible to disease and fungi. Cause fungi ain’t funny – at all.
QUICK RELEASE: Pre-Seed
If you’re sowing a new lawn, QUICK RELEASE: Pre-Seed is your best bet for a fast to grow and fast to establish lawn. With all the key nutrients that a young seedling needs to grow big and strong, this fertiliser will help your lawn go from bald to where’s-the-mower?
Feed, Weed and Moss Killer
Technically a year-round fertiliser - Feed, Weed and Moss Killer does three jobs at once. Killing off moss and weeds completely whilst effectively feeding any of the remaining patch to protect what’s left of it. After using Feed, Weed and Moss Killer there will be some patches in your lawn, so it will most likely need re-seeded. One thing is for sure, those weeds won’t be coming back, and that moss must go!