Many people are unsure what is better for their lawn, granular or liquid fertiliser. Fertilising is a very important aspect of lawn care, so it’s important to understand the benefits of each and the correct time to use them on your particular lawn variety, whether it’s Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo, Eureka Premium VG Kikuyu, Tif Tuf Bermuda, or any other species.
Liquid fertiliser tends to work faster than granular fertiliser. The nutrients are applied directly to the lawn leaf, so it is absorbed more quickly and you’ll see a response from your lawn sooner. However, the rapid onset of action is offset by a shorter duration: liquid fertiliser doesn’t last as long within the lawn as granular does.
Liquid fertiliser can be a great product to apply if your lawn is struggling from frost, drought, or high traffic and needs a quick boost of nutrients. It’s also perfect to use directly after mowing to reduce foliage stress to the cut leaf. But it’s not necessarily the best choice for routine lawn maintenance.
Granular fertilisers are extremely popular and easy to apply. Because plant roots can only take up nutrients in liquid form, granular fertilisers must break down and dissolve in water within the soil before they can be absorbed. This means they deliver nutrients so much more slowly than liquid fertilisers – but the flip side is that the nutrients will be delivered over a longer period of time.
Granular fertiliser will provide consistent delivery of nutrients over about an 8-week period. This is its biggest benefit, as it sustains better lawn health in the long term. The long duration of action makes maintaining your fertiliser program easy: all you need to do is apply the correct amount of granular fertiliser for your lawn every 2–3 months.
For more information on how to apply fertiliser to your lawn in Melbourne, visit our fertiliser blog.
Lilydale Instant Lawn recommends that you use a slow-releasefertiliser 3–4 times a year. Lawn Solutions Premium Fertiliser is perfect and is available from all Lawn Solution Centres oronline.