Fertiliser FAQ’s

Is your lawn brown and stunted? Is it patchy and sad?

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Are there ways to have a lovely green lawn and be environmentally friendly by not using harsh chemicals?

We believe a thick, healthy lawn is the best defence against weeds and insects. By promoting proper seeding, watering, and maintenance practices, we believe that there is a lessened need for lawn chemicals. We practice a pest control strategy called “IPM” (Integrated Pest Management) which calls for intelligent, judicious use of pesticides.

Is fertiliser needed before I sow seed or lay turf sod?

Yes. For the best results rake in Blood & Bone at a rate of 200g per square metre and Complete Mineral Mixture at 100g per square metre. After raking the fertiliser into the top 2-3cm water well. As soon as the soil is dry enough to rake a second time the seed may be sown.

What do nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium do for the lawn?

Nitrogen is the element most responsible for deep green foliage and lush grass growth. Phosphorous encourages a strong root system. Potassium contributes to sturdy plant growth and disease resistance.

Is it really necessary to put fertiliser on a lawn? It’s growing fast enough already.

As plants grow they remove nutrients from the soil. To ensure continued health of your lawn, these nutrients should be replaced. The minerals used by the lawn most of all are nitrogen and potassium. Next in importance are iron, calcium and magnesium; followed by manganese. There is usually enough phosphorus in the soil already, so that you don’t need to add more.

What is “slow release” nitrogen?

“Slow release” or “time release” nitrogen refers to a form of nitrogen which breaks down slowly from heat, water, or bacterial action remaining within the root zone for an extended period. Sulphur-coated urea, urea formaldehyde are types of “slow release” nitrogen.

How do I know if my garden needs lime? How much should I apply?

A soil test is the only way to determine exactly how much lime to apply to your lawn. Also, important is the correct type of lime to apply. There are two types to consider dolomitic, and non-dolomitic. A soil test specifically designed for lawn soils can specify which kind to use.

How often should I fertilise my lawn ?

Most lawns will have an acceptable appearance with annual applications of nitrogen at a rate of 6-20 g/m2 with 12-20 g/m2 most commonly needed. Preferably, this should be spread over 5-7 applications through the active growing season. Feasts, often to the point of burning, followed by long periods of famine should be avoided.

Why does my lawn need 5 applications of fertiliser per year? Are they all necessary?

Regular attention to your lawn’s needs are an important part of any lawn care program. Our program is designed to provide your lawn with carefully balanced feedings at specific times during the year to avoid a feast or famine situation. Proper timing of fertiliser and weed control applications is crucial for a healthy lawn.

Why do you use a granular fertiliser sometimes and a liquid spray other times?

We believe that granular fertiliser products are technologically superior to liquid products. However, post-emergent weed control products are only effectively applied in a liquid form. When we visit your lawn, we decide which is the most appropriate method of treatment.

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