A fresh, natural green lawn can add beauty and personality to your home, as well as provide you with a great place to hang out with friends and family. Keeping your grass looking its best involves making sure it gets the right balance of sunlight, water, and nutrients. By fertilising your lawn with top-quality products, you can maximise its health and keep it looking fantastic all year long.
But which fertiliser is best? Traditional products, along with granular slow-release varieties, liquid, and organic fertilisers can all do wonders for your grass.
Let’s take a closer look at each.
Why Should I Fertilise My Lawn?
In order to look its best and keep growing well, your grass needs a few essential nutrients running through its core. These include:
Applying fertiliser containing these nutrients to your lawn periodically throughout the year helps to maintain its healthy vibrancy. Without enough nutrients, your lawn can become dry, thin, and worn out. In this situation, it can become difficult for your grass to grow as the green chlorophyll in its leaves won’t develop properly. It’s a bit like missing out on your essential vitamins. A healthy lawn can also keep pests and disease at bay too.
Of course, as your local Redlands turf installers, we recommend you don’t over-fertilise your lawn. This can damage it as well if too much of one substance is applied. Finding the right balance is key. Experts recommend that you fertilise at least twice a year: this is once in autumn, and once again in the springtime. Fertilising at these intervals can help sustain your lawn through the winter and summer months when the weather conditions can be at extremes and your lawn at its most vulnerable.
The Different Types of Fertilisers
Lawn fertilisers come in a variety of forms including:
- Traditional Fertilisers
- Organic Fertilisers
- Liquid Fertilisers
- Granular slow-release fertilisers
Are generally the cheapest on the market and need to be applied regularly to have an effect. This type of fertiliser can work but a lot of the nutrients can also be lost due to run-off after a rain or watering.
Can come mixed with synthetic ingredients so you need to be sure you check the label for a 100% Australian Organic Certified logo if you want the pure real deal. Organic fertilisers can contain a mixture of all sorts of ingredients including seaweed, bio-stimulants, manure, and much more.
Come as solutions that you can connect to your hose and spray across your lawn. One attraction of liquid fertilisers is that they are very easily absorbed by your grass, resulting in quick greening. Be sure to wear a face mask during the application process though.
Granular slow release fertilisers
Are some of the best fertilisers around because they’re absorbed slowly by your lawn. While other fertilisers may offer a quick fix, this type can fertilise your grass bit by bit over a period of up to three months. Make sure it’s not sitting on top of your grass though as it won’t help your lawn by just sitting on top of it.
Fertilising your grass at regular intervals throughout the year can bring out its best. Caring for your lawn takes time and you want to make sure it’s time well spent. The best fertiliser to use is that which suits your yard, turf, and your approach to maintaining your lawn.
Always make sure you wear the appropriate protective equipment required for the job when applying fertiliser and follow the instructions so you’re not over fertilising.
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