green grass

Tips for Green Grass

Just getting the timing and conditions right for feeding the grass can turn a sad looking lawn into a dense green carpet of 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.