Like us, all lawns need nutritious food, why do our lawns need regular fertilising?

To stay healthy, fight off bugs, weeds and disease, look their best and a well fed lawn handles the stress of harsh winters and hot summers

What sort of fertiliser should we use?
One that is blended specifically for your type of lawn.

Synthetic fertilisers have a special blend of nutrients that your lawn needs and are a cost effective option.

Organic fertilisers contain natural materials composted. You need to apply a larger amount than synthetic to achieve the same effect. great for building up the soil.

When is best time to Fertilise?
As a general guide, depending on which variety, each season up to four times per year.

Spring and Autumn are very important times for fertilizing, helping you lawn pop out of winter and also going into winter with a full belly of food to sustain the long winter.

How do we know when to start fertilising?
Fertiliser works best when your lawn once the soil temperature is over 15 and is actively growing.

Liquid is good early in spring to revitalize a trouble spot it is fast acting and a great way to get a quick result, however don’t last as long.

Generally September, December and March are perfect times to Fertilise, however you can fertilise anytime if your lawn looks hungry.

What about different soil types?
Sandy soils don’t hold nutrients well so you will need you to feed a little more often, whereas clay soils may need an application gypsum to help break up the clay for nutrients and water to be more available.

And a Final tip?
Always water in your fertiliser, spreading before a rain can be helpful saving you water.

Read the label for rates and special instructions.

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