Getting the best out of your garden
For a stronger, lusher, greener lawn you can’t beat a little bit of fertiliser applied at the right time and in the right quantities. Be sure to test your soil type before you start thinking about buying a fertiliser and then buy the one which compliments this the most if you want the best results. You should apply the first batch of fertiliser around 1 month before the beginning of the growing season to give your lawn a kick start into the summer and then expect to apply around 3 more spaced around 2 months apart to keep it looking at its healthiest.
Be sure to read your manufacturer’s guidelines however as this can vary. You can fertilise by hand if you were proper protection but for safer, more effective results we recommend the use of specialist spreaders which get the job done more evenly and accurately. Drop spreaders are recommended for smaller lawn areas which broadcast spreaders, also known as rotary spreaders, will be more efficient at covering larger garden lawns.
Do not be tempted to go to town with fertiliser as this can actually cause the grass to grow to fast and weaken it as well as encourage fungus and weeds to take over. After fertilizing it is usually a good idea to water-in the fertilizer or plan to add fertilizer before expected rainfall unless otherwise stated in the usage instructions.
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Watering Your Lawn
Sounds simple enough but it is easy to over-look watering or forget you have the sprinkler on and over-water parts of your garden. Too much water can be as damaging as not watering in the first place. Knowing when your lawn needs water is the first step to getting this right. Just because the day has been a little on the warm side doesn’t necessarily mean you garden is crying out for water. There are a couple of simple tests you can perform to know when you need to get the hose out:
The footprint test – simple step on your lawn and the blades of grass should spring back into position. If they are particularly slow to react then it’s time to water as healthy, moisture rich grass will always spring back into place.
Leaf rolling and tinting – when grass becomes dehydrated the blades begin to curl and roll which is a tell-tale sign and also you might find a slightly blue-ish purple tinge to the leaves in many types of lawn when lack of moisture is evident. Again, time to water.
If you can, it is best to water early in the morning, when the sun is weakest to reduce evaporation or late in the afternoon for the same reason. Mid-day watering should be avoided and it is best to avoid watering over night as soggy grass left overnight can increase the risk of turf disease.
Do not over-water either, ensure if you use a sprinkler or hose you do actually move it around your garden rather than letting big puddles form while other areas of the lawn go untouched.
Too much standing water can prevent oxygen reaching the roots and lead to the same symptoms (leaf rolling) as a lack of water.