Fertilisation is the most important factor making your lawn fertile and green. But the question is, are you doing it the right way? Are you applying the right fertilizer in correct amounts? The thing to remember is that fertilisation is no easy task. The following 7 tips will help you to achieve smart and easy fertilisation.
Your Lawn Doesn’t Need Phosphorus
Yes, phosphorus is an essential nutrient required for growth, but well cultivated lawns rarely need additional phosphorus. You can replenish them naturally by leaving lawn clippings to decompose after mowing. The use of phosphorus-free products and even organic fertilisers are good enough for the growth of your lawn.
Soil Testing before Fertilisation
The easiest way to get a better idea on the condition of your lawn is by sending a sample of the soil for testing. For a good sample, from four or five areas of your lawn mix about a pint of soil by digging till its roots. To obtain comprehensive results send this sample to the Agricultural Department, it won’t cost a lot or you can even use testing kits that are available on the internet. Anyhow, when you get the results, you will know the exact values of nutrients, pH content and organic matter in your soil and then fertilise it accordingly.
Fertilise At the Right Time of the Year For Best Results
Make sure that you fertilise your lawn at the right time of the year. If your soil test indicates the need for fertilisation, it means the grass is in the perfect condition. If your lawn has cool season grasses, you will fertilise them in autumn after the summer heat ends. However, for warm season grasses, fertilise them after you cut them at least three times.
Avoid High Nitrogen Fertilisers
If tests indicate that your lawn needs nitrogen, don’t just go adding it excessively. More than two-thirds of high nitrogen products will vaporize or run off without having any effects on the grass. Hence, it’s just a waste of money.
Keep the Weather in Mind
Before you fertilise, check out the weather forecasts. Fertilising your lawn in drought will do no good. If slight rain is expected, that’s the ideal time to fertilise because water is also necessary for photosynthesis.
Compost Can Be Applied Anytime
Unlike fertilisers, compost can be applied to lawns at anytime.
Finally, all of your best fertilisers and hard work will go to waste if you do not mow your lawn right. Mow properly and evenly without overlapping or leaving any spaces. Don’t trim during the rainy season. However if you need to mow in the dry weather make sure that you just trim from the top.
Follow these smart tips to garden fertilization and waters as your lawn gets healthier and greener!