Lawn and turf fertiliser's contain 3 key nutrients - nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Each of these nutrients has its own benefits on the grass plant.
A fertiliser that contains just 1 key nutrient is known as a straight fertiliser, a fertiliser that contains 2 or more is known as a compound fertiliser. Sometimes a fertiliser that contains all 3 key nutrients is known as a complete compound fertiliser.
Conventional and slow release fertilisers
There are two types of fertiliser available, conventional and slow release lawn fertilisers.
- Conventional release - A conventional release feed simply releases the nutrients to the grass plant quickly, and the grass takes them so as long as they are available in the soil. The main disadvantage with a conventional feed is the nutrients are used quicker. These feeds also produce an initial surge of growth, gradually tailing off until the nutrients are depleted.
- Slow release - A slow release feed releases the nutrients gradually, over a longer period of time. Slow release feeds have a greater longevity and the growth is generally more consistent and even. In some cases this type of feed can nearly last an entire growing season. The main disadvantage of a slow release is the cost, compared with a conventional feed.
Depending on whether you are applying a liquid or a granular feed will determine what method you use to apply fertiliser to the lawn.
- Liquid feed application - There are basically two choices if you are applying a liquid feed to your lawn. You can use a sprayer or a watering can. Follow the manufactures product application instructions for the best results.
- Granular feed application - Granular feeds can be applied by hand or by a spreader. For the best results use a fertiliser spreader. Like all lawn care products it is important to apply them evenly and at the correct rate. This is especially true of granular fertilisers, if they are not applied correctly they can scorch and kill areas of the lawn which can result in patches. Again follow the manufactures product application guidelines to avoid any problems.
At Mighty Mow we can fertilise your lawn and recommend what lawn fertiliser type is necessary to keep it at its peak all year round.