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.
Applying fertiliser is a great way to boost your existing lawn and keep your new lawn looking fantastic all year long.
What can fertiliser do for my lawn?
Grass fertiliser will help your lawn overcome harsh weather, grass diseases and general wear and tear. There are more than a few reasons to apply fertiliser to your garden. We also have guides for applying fertilisers in autumn and tips for using fertilisers for winter protection. Everyone always wants their lawn to look its best, and grass often appears a little worse for wear after the winter months. And using fertiliser is a great way to give your garden the feed it needs!
Most people forget that grass is a living thing and needs to be fed. Feeding your lawn with fertiliser gives it the nutrients it needs to help strengthen it. This gives it more nutrients, resulting in better rooting systems and tougher leaves.
On a similar vein, the additional nutrients in the soil aren’t just great for your grass’s health; it’s also great for the soil. Major benefits can come from applying the right fertilisers to your lawn. These include better soil composition, meaning roots get access to nutrients faster and easier, and stronger soil structure reduces the chances of heavy compaction improving drainage and preventing waterlogging. These effects aren’t just felt for one summer, either. These can be maintained long-term, making your lawn 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 be 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?
Read our best lawn fertiliser guide here, and answer the questions below to find out!