Do I need to apply fertiliser to my lawn?

Do I need to apply fertiliser to my lawn?
Do I need to apply fertiliser to my lawn?
After one of the wettest winters in recent times, many of us will be glad to see that spring appears to be well underway. The poor weather hasn’t just taken a toll on us though, as lawns throughout the UK will still be feeling a little under the weather.

The application of a suitable fertiliser is a great way to give your existing lawn a boost, and keep your new lawn looking fantastic all summer long.

What can fertiliser do for my lawn?

There are more than a few reasons to apply a fertiliser to your garden at this time of year. Everyone always wants their lawn to look its best and grass often appears a little worse for wear after the winter months; using a fertiliser is a great way to give your garden the feed it needs!

Most people forget that grass is a living thing, and it needs fed too - the nutrients in fertiliser (NPK) help grass to strengthen, resulting in better rooting systems, tougher leaves and access to even more nutrients than before.

On a similar vein, the additional nutrients in the soil aren’t just great for your grass’s health, it’s great for the soil itself too. Major benefits can come from applying the right fertilisers to your lawn. These include a better soil composition, meaning roots get access to nutrients faster and easier, stronger soil structure reducing the chances of heavy compaction improving drainage and in turn preventing waterlogging. These effects aren’t just felt for one summer either, if maintained these can be very long-term making your lawn even healthier over time.

What can happen if I don’t apply fertiliser?

So, if all these great things can happen with fertiliser then what can happen without it? Simply put, the exact opposite of all the benefits. Instead of a wonderfully green, luscious and healthy lawn, you may find yourself left with patchy areas and regular reseeding jobs.

It can also seriously damage your lawn in the long-term too. If soil loses nutrients it will eventually lose structure. This doesn’t just impact things such as compaction and drainage, it also means in future, the soil won’t be able to take-up nitrogen fertiliser as effectively, making these issues a tricky fix.

Whether you’re thinking of laying a new lawn, doing some re-seeding or simply want to give your lawn a boost when it’s looking down, applying fertiliser should be high in the list of priorities.

What fertiliser do I need?

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