Keeping your lawn a lush green along with improving the look and structure is a core foundation of maintaining a healthy grass lawn. We have created this guide to help you provide essential nutrients to your lawn for this purpose and more.
No matter which type of lawn you have, if you want to keep it in good condition you will need to regularly fertilise your lawn.
Why should I fertilise my lawn?
Like all things that grow, your lawn grass needs to have the correct nutrients to keep it at its best.
Fertilising your lawn will help:
- Prevent weeds
- Prevent moss
- Prevent diseases
- Improve grass recovery
- Keep it green and lush
- Improve growth rate
Cost / Time Benefits
You will also save time and money:
- No need to keep replacing your lawn
- Less need for over seeding
- Less moss
- Less weeds
- Less damage
- High recovery rate
When should I fertilise my lawn?
You should be fertilising your lawn at least twice per year, once for the spring / summer and once again for autumn / winter - you can also consider a mid-summer application to boost the colour and condition during the hottest months.
This is our recommended 2/3 step approach;
1. Spring / Summer - Required
March / April are normally ideal, you should fertilise when grass has resumed growth when temperatures are typically 8-10 degrees and above.
2. Mid-Summer – Optional
Usually around July adding a quick release fertiliser will give you a 4/6 week boost, this will help improve the colour and resilience during the hottest months.
3. Autumn / Winter - Required
September / October are normally ideal, you can wait for the weather to start to turn from summer to autumn before applying.
What should I fertilise my lawn with?
There are a number of fertiliser types that can benefit your grass growth and health.
We have a range of the best lawn fertilisers that we split into a few main categories;
Ideal fertilisers as they give you the longest coverage and benefit, our slow release fertilisers give you 12-16 weeks coverage.
Quick release fertilisers are great for providing your lawn with a quick boost. A slow release fertiliser is considered a better approach but if time is against you this is a viable alternative and will provide fast results.
You may want an all natural solution that you can apply year round (apart from when your lawn is dormant) to keep your lawn in good condition. Our REVIVE: Organic 365 does exactly that. It comes in an organic pellet form and needs to be watered to activate its fertilising properties.
You should only use a Feed, Weed and Moss Killer type product on an established lawn (6 months + old). This does four jobs in one by feeding your grass and making it green whilst also removing moss and weeds. This fertiliser is better utilised on the whole lawn as opposed to spots.
What is the best way to fertilise my lawn?
If you follow these simple steps it will make the job really easy and keep your grass safe:
- Make sure you have done all the necessary maintenance to your lawn such as scarifying, weed removal and aeration.
- Make sure your soil is not really dry, if it is aerate and water the soil (if you haven’t already).
- Cut your grass 3-4 days before you apply the fertiliser.
- Apply at the suggested spreading rate, ideally using a good fertiliser spreader - try to spread on an overcast day or in the evening.
- Grass blade burn prevention - please bear in mind it is really important to water off the fertiliser from the grass blades as the fertiliser will burn and damage the existing grass. Our top time saving tip is to fertilise on a day when you are expecting a good amount of rain so it does the job for you otherwise just water it off yourself using a hose/sprinkler system.
- After 14/21 days check for any weeds and remove them then overseed any patches.
- Most slow release fertilisers will last for 12-16 weeks and most quick release/liquid fertilisers are 4-6 weeks.
How long should I wait between between applications?
You should let your fertiliser take full effect in accordance with the duration of feed it provides. E.g. Our slow release fertilisers provide 14-16 weeks of feed, our quick release fertilisers provide 6 weeks of feed, our Feed, Weed and Moss Killer works over 2 weeks and our REVIVE: Organic 365 fertiliser provides 16- 20 weeks worth of feed - so do no fertiliser again within this time. Once the feed duration is up, you can feed your lawn again.