Why is my lawn fertiliser not dissolving

Why is my lawn fertiliser not dissolving

The most common answer to why your lawn fertiliser is not dissolving is that it needs more water. While this is often the case, a few other factors can affect how quickly granular lawn fertiliser dissolves. Keep reading for helpful tips on applying lawn fertiliser correctly, ensuring your grass is green and lush again in no time!

The problem many gardeners face is lawn fertiliser not dissolving when applying granular fertiliser. Thankfully, the solution to this is to do the necessary prep-work, water it in during the right weather conditions and make sure you give it enough water to make it dissolve in the first place.

How to make lawn fertiliser dissolve

Once you have applied your granular lawn fertiliser, we recommend you water it until the soil is thoroughly moist, but not to the extent of puddles forming. Remember to water off the fertiliser from the grass blades if you’re applying over an established lawn, as the fertiliser will likely burn and damage the existing grass if you don’t.Our time-saving tip is to plan to fertilise on a day when a good amount of rain is forecasted so nature does most of the work for you; otherwise, you can water it off using a hose or sprinkler system.

How to apply granular lawn fertiliser correctly

Applying granular fertiliser is easy when you have planned ahead and carried out the necessary prep work. The series of steps below breaks the process down into manageable tasks and ensures your lawn gets the most from the nutrients in the lawn fertiliser, and will help you avoid the problem of lawn fertiliser not dissolving!
  1. Start by doing the necessary maintenance, such as scarifying, weed removal and aeration.
  2. Then, make sure your soil is not dry. If your soil is dry, then aerate and water it.
  3. The last step before applying fertiliser is to cut your grass 3-4 days before.
  4. Next is to apply your lawn fertiliser at the suggested spreading rate. Ideally, use a good fertiliser spreader and try to spread the granules on an overcast day or in the evening.
  5. Now, we’re at the part that solves your problem of why your fertiliser is not dissolving – as mentioned above – water your soil thoroughly so it’s moist throughout but not so much that puddles are forming.
  6. Watering for about 20 minutes should do the trick!
  7. After 14-21 days, check for any weeds and remove them, then overseed any patches left behind.

How long does fertiliser take to get to work?

With our fertilisers, you will start to see results anywhere from 1 to 5 days after applying. This will depend on the type of fertiliser you use. Quick Release fertilisers get to work instantly and apply nutrients rapidly, whereas Slow Release fertilisers are long-lasting and apply their nutrients much slower over a more extended period. Our slow-release fertilisers last 12-16 weeks, and our quick-release last 4-6 weeks.This information and advice will help you feed your grass and get the lush green lawn you’ve hoped for! If you have any questions about fertilisers, lawn care or something unique to your garden, please message us, and we will happily help.