Learn how to feed your lawn with fertilisers in the next episode from Great Lawns Made Simple.
There are 3 primary components of fertiliser and you may see them on products as 3 numbers representing the percentages of N, P and K. Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium.
So, when do I need to fertilise?
A good idea is to do this twice a year. Give your grass a boost in spring and again in autumn and you will have a strong summer lawn and grass that is prepared for winter.
Fertiliser comes in different forms - liquid and granules. Simply, these deliver the nutrients fast in liquid form or slower in the form of granules. A good idea is to feed your grass steadily over summer by treating it in spring with a slow-release fertiliser. These granules will release food over many weeks and keep the grass-fed at a time when it is growing fast. In summer we use our lawns more and the weather may be hot and dry, grass can get stressed and needs nutrients to keep it strong and green.
In the autumn after a hard-working summer your grass will appreciate a boost before the cold winter months come. This feed is different from the spring one, don’t be tempted to fertilise with the same feed as spring as it is high in nitrogen for new growth. As temperatures fall, grass growth slows so all you are doing is strengthening the plant as it winds down for winter.
Using fertiliser - Always read the instructions and wear gloves for protection.
How much fertiliser to use?
Apply the correct amount – you can damage or burn grass if you use too much. Remember to wash off the fertiliser by watering your lawn as leaving fertiliser on the blades of your grass can cause damage.Rates are per square metre so make sure you have enough to cover your area. You can apply granules by hand or by spreader. For liquids use a watering can or sprayer depending on the size of the area you need to cover.