Fertilising your lawn
We often get asked "what is the best fertiliser to use?" and the answer is not always as straight forward as you might think.
There are a few factors to consider when selecting what type of fertiliser is best for your lawn.
What time of year is it?
- If it's winter, dont bother, most grasses are dormant and wont respond to the fertiliser anyway
- if its right in the middle of summer just use a more organic & lighter rate fertiliser like Seasol (available at Bunnings)
- The best time to apply heavier fertilisers is at the start of the spring growing season (early-mid September)
Can you water it in & apply it properly?
- Make sure you're available to water in the fertilisers quite well straight after application, most need about 10mm+ of water to be effectively absorbed into the roots of the turf where it's needed
- If using chemical fertilisers we highly reccommend getting yourself a hand spin spreader, they cost $15-20 all and are great for getting consistent coverage without fertiliser burn issues
Fertiliser burn is a nasty problem that happens when you apply too much fertiliser to the turf and it burns it yellow/brown and can sometimes cause damage that takes months to recover from.
Here are some great quality products we reccommend
For a quick green up that can be applied anytime through Spring, Summer & Autumn
For slow release long lasting chemical fertiliser (best applied start of spring & start of autumn)
To maintain optimal soil mositure, use a wetting agent twice a year (Spring & Summer)
It's always a good idea to mix it up and put down some good heavy organics once every 2 years or so, Dynamic Lifter or a compost from your local landscape yard is perfect for this.