How to choose the right type of Fertiliser for your lawn

FertilisingFertilising is essential for achieving a healthy, green lawn. With so many products on the market it’s difficult to know exactly which one is right for you.

Before you buy lawn fertiliser you consider the following questions:

  • What variety of lawn are you fertilising?
  • When should you apply the fertiliser for the best results?
  • Which nutrients does your soil need most?
  • Do you prefer synthetic or organic fertiliser?

Undertake a soil pH test to determine the nutrients your soil needs and take this information together with the answers to the questions above to your local lawn care supplier for expert advice.

Some more tips to remember when choosing a fertiliser and applying a fertiliser

  • When you look at a fertiliser product you will be presented with three numbers; they signify the amount of nitrogen, phosphate and potassium (all essential nutrients for your lawn) found in the product.
  • Slow-release fertilisers do exactly that; release the nutrients over a longer period of time. This will ensure you can go longer in between applications.
  • If you’re concerned about coverage or wind affecting the application of fertiliser then a granule fertiliser is a good bet.
  • Plan out your fertiliser applications over the year and make a schedule to ensure that your lawn receives nutrients on a regular basis.
  • The more you water your lawn or the more rainfall it receives, the more often you will need to fertilise. As the grass grows it will use more nutrients and therefore require more applications.
  • Aim for an even coverage. Don’t over-apply or you risk burning the lawn plants. Don’t forget to water in the fertiliser well.
  • Always wear safety gear when apply fertiliser.
  • Read the instructions before applying.

For more advice on lawn care and products, see the Harden Park Lawns blog page.