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A beautiful lawn is a wonderful addition to any backyard or garden. But having your lawn lush, rich, green and healthy isn’t a given. The way to achieve a beautiful lawn that’s the envy of your neighbours or anyone who passes, is to get a really good lawn feed.
There’s a lot that goes into making the perfect lawn feed, but to help make your choice of lawn feed easy, we’ve handpicked our top 5 lawn feeds that are out on the market today, and our reviews of them are coming up shortly.
Then we go a step further and run through everything you might want to think about before you buy your lawn feed in our buying guide. AND we also cover a few of your most frequently asked questions.
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Now we’ll go through everything you might want to think about before you buy your lawn feed.
Types of Lawn Feed
There are main types of lawn feed out on the market today, specifically granular or dry fertiliser, and liquid fertiliser.
Granular Lawn Feed
Granular lawn feed as the name suggests is composed of granules of fertiliser that often come in a shaker container, that you apply to the lawn shaking the tub to spread the granules as evenly as possible across the lawn.
If it doesn’t rain within 24 hours of the granular lawn feed being spread, you will then have to water the lawn.
Alternatively the granular lawn feed can also be distributed to the soil via a mechanical spreader.
If the lawn feed isn’t evenly spread, then this can lead to the lawn becoming patchy. There’s a reason this happens. When you over fertilize a lawn, the salts from the fertiliser build up in the soil and cause a drying effect, which can result in the grass turning yellow or brown. This phenomenon is known as fertilizer burn.
Liquid Lawn Feed
Using liquid lawn feed on the other hand is a great way to avoid fertilizer burn. Liquid lawn feed comes in large spray bottles, and as a liquid, they are far more fasting acting. This is because they get absorbed directly through the roots and leaves, the process beginning almost immediately.
Depending on the quality of the lawn beforehand, you may need to apply the liquid fertilizer once or twice a month.
Size of Granules
The size of the crystals in granular lawn feed can significantly affect how long they take to be absorbed by the lawn to take in those all important nutrients.
Smaller, more soluble fertilizer, is easier and quicker to dissolve when rain or water is applied, which in turn enables the nutrients to be absorbed more easily and quickly
Weed Killing Properties
Lawn feed is available with or without weed killing chemicals. Typically a lawn feed with weed killing functionality usually targets moss. This could be a handy facet to your lawn feed if the nutritional profile of the soil is low.
However you could also solve any potential moss problems by raking the soil.
Turf Hardening Properties
Having sufficiently hard turf can prevent your lawn from a number of diseases, such as brown patch, powdery mildew and dollar sport. When lawns are struck with such diseases usually the only way this can be “solved” is by scorching the entire lawn and starting all over again.
If this is a potential concern for you, you could opt for lawn feed with turf hardening properties.
Time of Year
Different fertilizers work best in different times of year, due to featuring different levels of different chemicals.
Spring fertilizers contain more phosphorus, so that the lawn can really take root and start growing strong as soon as possible, even after a dormant winter.
Autumn fertilizers on the other hand are lower in nitrogen, and are best suited to defending your lawn against diseases.
Different lawn feeders offer different recommendations as to how often the lawn feed should be applied.
Opinion on how often a lawn feed should be applied is very mixed, and the best advice is to see how it grows and apply as required.
Precisely when you apply fertilizer depends on a number of different factors: the type of grass you have, the type of soil you have, and also the climate.
With more water or rain, there is more growth, and so you will need more fertilizer, and then as the grass grows more, it uses more nutrients still. So the real key is to feed or fertilize your lawn when your grass is doing the most growing, whenever that might be.
As a general rule with the application of lawn feed however, it’s a case of less is more. Applying too much lawn feed can lead to the fertilizer burn we talked about earlier.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I make my grass thicker and greener?
Using a good lawn feed is one of the best ways to make your lawn thicker and greener. But there’s more you can do besides.
Before applying lawn feed, you should test your soil’s nutrient and pH levels, and take steps to adjust the pH if it’s too high or too low. You should also sow plenty of grass seed, remembering to use shade tolerant grass if required, and also aerate your lawn before fertilizing it.
Once your thicker lawn is on track, you should follow good lawn watering practices to provide it with sufficient water. You should also take steps to control weeds, since they compete with your lawn’s grass for sunlight, water and nutrients.
What is the best spring lawn feed?
In the spring to create the perfect lawn, it more often than not becomes more important to tackle any weeds and moss in your lawn. For that reason, we recommend that you get yourself our Number 2 pick, the Miracle-Gro EverGreen Complete 4 in 1.
Can you overfeed your lawn?
The short answer is yes – more isn’t always better. If you apply too much grass fertilizer, a good share of it will leach through the soil and make its way into our groundwater.
You should take care to apply your lawn feed only as often as the instructions on your particular lawn feed state.