Tips for Green Grass
- Always apply fertiliser at the recommended rate range for best results
- Apply straight after mowing if possible
- Apply at least 3 days before the next cut
- Put a third less fertiliser on grass in shady areas
- There should be moisture available in the soil
- Never apply granular or liquid feed on parched lawns
- If it’s a dry period wait until AFTER a good down pour
- Eye protection is advised as fertiliser can ricochet off hard objects
- Never fill the fertiliser spreader on the lawn
- The best time for weed control is 10 to 20 days after fertilising your lawn
- Overlap spreading gives best results
- Fertilisers can burn the lawn if applied unevenly so don’t buy a cheap spreader or you’ll have to buy a new lawn!
The above assumes the correct amount of fertiliser has been applied, the lawn is healthy, well aerated and doesn't contain a heavy thatch layer. An unhealthy lawn will not respond to fertiliser however well you adhere to the above points.
Factors that reduce fertiliser uptake and response
- Insufficient moisture in the soil
- Too much rain following application
- Thatch that prevents fertiliser getting to the roots
- Compacted lawns that are insufficiently aerated
- Old lawns - usually 20years plus
- Temperature below about 8 degrees
- Turf laid on sand
What this means is that two lawns next to each other can show vastly differing responses to fertiliser.