Just like the human body, lawns require nutrients - and fertilising is the best way to make them healthy and strong. If you’re new to caring for a lawn and looking for the right fertiliser, here are some tips to help you get started.
Importance of fertilising
Fertilisers, in essence, deliver much-needed nutrients to help plants grow, something that may not always be available from the soil. Specifically, there are three major elements that can only be acquired through feeding your plants with a fertiliser, namely nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus.
Nitrogen gives your grass that rich, green colour. Meanwhile, potassium makes the roots and foliage strong, which increases the grass' ability to resist drought, wear and tear, and diseases. Lastly, phosphorus promotes strong root growth.
Types of fertilisers
There's a wide range of fertilisers out there but can be broadly grouped into organic and inorganic. Organic fertilisers are derived from plants or animals whilst inorganic fertilisers are made from synthetic compounds.
Organic fertilisers include compost, manure, blood and bone, seaweed products, and worm castings. They contribute organic matter to your soil, which improves its structures as well as help fight fungal and bacterial diseases.
However, some organic fertilisers, like manure and compost, can be difficult to store and transport. They also release nutrients slowly, which may prove to be a problem if nutrient supply is urgently needed.
Inorganic fertilisers (also known as chemical fertilisers) are, as you might have guessed, synthetically manufactured. Elements like sodium nitrate, potassium chloride, and superphosphate are generally included in inorganic fertilisers.
Inorganic fertilisers come in various forms such as capsules, pellets, liquid, and powder. Unlike their counterpart, inorganic fertilisers are easily available, quick acting, and convenient. However, they don't provide any long-term benefits for your soil.
To choose between an organic and inorganic fertiliser, it's important to know first what your lawn needs. For instance, if your lawn is in poor condition, you might want to opt for an inorganic fertiliser since they release nutrients faster. If your lawn is thriving and you just want to save some money, an organic fertiliser may be more desirable.
How to buy a fertiliser
You can buy fertiliser in a lawn solutions, garden centre, or nursery.Commercial fertilisers will contain nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. They come in different amounts and the amount of each element varies from fertiliser to fertiliser. This is indicated by a three-digit ratio called NPK (30-10-10, 5-10-5, or 12-6-8.) The first number shows the percentage of nitrogen, the second phosphorus, and the third potassium.
Each blend addresses as a specific need. For instance, if a blend contains more potassium, then it's good for prepping your lawn for winter. The right kind of fertiliser also depends on several factors such as soil type, weather, season, and the type of lawn grass you have. So before buying a fertiliser, make sure to determine what your purpose is and what your plants need. If you're confused, it may be best to ask your turf supplier in Melbourne.
Ultimately, choosing the right kind of fertiliser for your lawn will ensure it looks as pristine as it did on the day you had your lawn installation.
For fertilisers and other lawn solutions, get in touch with the team at Lilydale Instant Lawn. Our Lawn Solutions Premium Fertiliser can treat up to 500 m² of lawn and is specially developed for use on Sir Walter DNA Certified grass lawns. It also works equally well on other types of lawn grass, such as Couch, Buffalo, Kikuyu, Zoysia, Tall Fescue, Bluegrass, and Ryegrass, delivering all the nutrients the turf needs to recover and grow.
Our Lawn Solutions Premium Fertiliser is also available in a 4 kg bucket (good for a 200m² lawn) for smaller lawns.