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Home » Lawn Care » Lawn Feed and Fertiliser

Lawn Feed and Fertiliser

Why feed your lawn?

Lawn feeds and Fertilisers are an essential part of maintaining a healthy, vigorous and attractive lawn. Not only does feeding produce a greener looking lawn, it also promotes a thick, close knit turf able to withstand weeds, moss and drought far better than an untreated lawn.

Spring lawn feed and Fertiliser

The spring lawn feed is the most important of the year because it replenishes nitrogen reserves essential for vigorous growth throughout the summer. A spring lawn feed will contain a higher proportion of nitrogen than autumn lawn feed in addition to phosphorous and potassium.

Rolawn spring lawn feed contains:

N Nitrogen - To promote thicker, greener leaf growth
P Phosphorus - Strengthens the roots
K Potassium - Strengthens the shoots

N-P-K fertiliser ratio of 11:5:5


Mg Magnesium - Protects against pathogens
Mn Manganese - Helps roots resist fungal attacks
Fe Iron - Promotes a greener colour

Autumn lawn feeding

During autumn, an application of a nitrogen rich Fertiliser is not required because this will only encourage growth during the winter months. Although an autumn lawn feed will contain nitrogen (albeit less that a spring lawn feed) the primary ingredients will be phosphorus and potassium to strengthen roots and shoots before winter.

Rolawn autumn lawn feed contains:

N Nitrogen - To promote thicker, greener leaf growth
P Phosphorus - Strengthens the roots
K Potassium - Strengthens the shoots

N-P-K Fertiliser ratio of 4:10:5

Mg Magnesium - Protects against pathogens
Mn Manganese - Helps roots resist fungal attacks
Fe Iron - Promotes a greener colour

Summer lawn feeding

A summer lawn feed is not necessary unless your lawn appears pale during June and July, also take into account dry weather which will affect the growth rate and appearance. See our lawn care article for advice on lawn watering.

Applying lawn feed and Fertiliser

Lawn feed is best applied on a calm day, ideally just before rainfall. The soil needs to be moist, but the grass foliage dry. During a dry spell, water the lawn thoroughly and apply the lawn feed a couple of days later. If it does not rain within a couple of days of applying the lawn feed, water the area thoroughly again.

It's important to apply lawn feed and Fertiliser as evenly as possible to avoid both untreated and over treated areas. Such errors will show up as pale patches, or greener, thicker areas of lawn. The most accurate method of applying lawn feed is to use a drop spreader if you have a small lawn, or a rotary spreader for larger areas. Two products worth looking at are the Westland drop spreader, and the Scotts rotary lawn spreader.

drop spreader

Westland lawn drop spreader

rotary spreader

 

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