You need to choose the right fertilizers for your lawn.
There are three types of lawn fertilizers.
- Traditional granular fertilisers
- Liquid fertilisers
- Organic fertilisers.
Each one of these will help your lawn grow, but only if the right conditions are met.
Traditional Granular Fertilisers
The most common fertilisers used are granular fertilisers. They can have slow or fast effects depending on which blend you use. Most lawn fertilizers are just NPK, which is the main nutrients needed for plant growth.
There are many lawn mixes that can be purchased. These lawn blends are the most commonly used for lawns. There are different blends for each region, depending on the climatic and soil conditions. You can either spread your granular fertilizer by hand or using a fertiliser spreading machine.
Spread the fertiliser by hand using gloves. Make sure to spread it in sweeping motions. You can apply granular fertiliser at a rate of 30-50 grams per square meter.
To get the best coverage, it is better to apply a light amount and then to add a second layer. The most popular method of fertilizing your lawn is with fertilizer spreaders. Both push and hand-held models are available. Although hand-held models are simple to use, they spread light so that coverage is good. However, they are not suitable to cover large areas. Push models are best for covering large areas and can be used on lawns larger than 200 sq mtrs.
A minimum of three applications per year is required, mostly in spring, summer, and fall.
Very popular are the liquid fertilisers. Although liquid fertilisers require regular application, they are quicker to work and produce lush growth. Liquid fertilisers should be applied once per month during the growing season. Because liquid fertilisers require frequent application, gardeners who take pride in their lawns will be the best candidates. NPK-based liquid fertilisers can be purchased ready-made, which can connect to a hose or granular, which you will need to mix.
Seaweed solution is also available in newer liquid fertilisers. The many benefits of seaweed solution are numerous, especially in the battle against soil fungal issues. Seaweed solution can also be used to improve soil quality and activate soil microorganisms.
Organic fertilisers also have their benefits, especially in terms of building up soil organic matter. Although organic fertilisers can be slow to work, they can provide long-lasting growth and soil nutrients.
Organic fertilisers are usually made from chicken manure. Organic lawn fertilisers can be pelletized, which makes them easier to spread. Spreading organic fertilisers by hand is the best way to do so. It is recommended that you spread organic fertilisers in a small area, such as 80 to 100g per square mtr.
Before you mow, let the organic lawn fertilizers break down. For best results, you will need to apply three times a year: once each in spring, summer, and fall.
Organic fertilisers can be a bit strong so make sure to water regularly after applying.