Fertiliser is a blend of chemical and natural substances which is spread over plants to help them grow. They provide essential nutrients to the plants to help with their development in a similar way to how you might take multivitamins or other supplements to help nourish your body.
Are there different types of fertliser?
Are there different types of fertiliser?
Fertilisers are split into three categories:
- N – Nitrogen – Growth, Density, Colour
- P – Phosphorus – Essential for root growth
- K – Potash (Potassium) – Helps to make the plant stronger, disease resistant and water retentive
We recommend treating 4-5 times annually in April, June, August, End September/Early October, bearing in mind that fertiliser needs at least a temperature of 6 degrees to be effective.
How to choose the right fertiliser?
There are normally three numbers on a fertiliser label that describe the nutrient content of the bag e.g. 18-3-8. The first number is the nitrogen (N) content. The second is the phosphate or phosphorous (P) content and the last is the potassium (K) content.
In most cases, our general purpose fertiliser will provide the nutrients all plants need for healthy growth. We would recommend carrying out a soil sample/PH test from your soil, to establish if there are any nutrient deficiencies in your lawn.
How much fertiliser do I need?
We sell fertiliser in 3.5kg tubs and 20kgs, and the amount required for your lawn, will depend upon the size of the area to be treated and the rate of application. Please feel free to call us to help you work out the quantity required.
The make-up of your soil is particularly important, so it is good to find out if it is more clay-based or sand-based as the two offer pros and cons - clay is great for providing nutrients but gives very little drainage, whereas sand drains water away with ease, but provides little in the way of nutrition.
Contains iron which will green up grass, feed the soil and darken moss. Please note that iron will rust or stain concrete/patios so don’t apply nearby etc.
How do I apply my fertiliser?
- Apply early morning or later afternoon/evening
- Water in fertiliser
- Always measure out the amount based on the gram/m2 required
- Ideally apply half the fertiliser and then apply the second half of the fertiliser in the opposite direction
- Apply with a spreader as applying by hand can produce uneven results
- If watered in, ideally keep children and dogs off the area until the granules have dissolved.