There are several key practices, which are all vital to get right in our lawn care regimens. Simple things, like watering and mowing correctly and at the right times, can result in a lawn which is beautiful and lush when done correctly, or a lawn which is always in poor condition whenever we get these things wrong, an equally important aspect of our lawn care, which is just as simple and just as vital.
Fertilizing our lawns is one of those little jobs which so often seems to get neglected over the years, and is usually only ever remembered whenever we’re in the garden store and happen to walk past the fertilizer aisle and remember that we really should fertilize the lawns again because we can’t remember the last time we did it. Sadly, for many lawn owners, and lawns, this scenario is too often the case.
Instead of only buying a bag of lawn and grass fertilizer every so often, it would be of a massive benefit to your lawns, and the overall appearance and beauty of your homes if we were always to have a bag of fertilizer in the garden shed throughout the year. This combined with the best grass seed is going to give you a plush lawn all year long.
Fertilizers are a blend of nutrients, which are given to our lawns as a food source, and in return for good fertilizing practices with quality grass fertilizers, our lawns will become lush, green and healthy. A healthy lawn will also naturally fight off weeds, lawn pests and lawn diseases with little action needed on behalf of the lawn owner.
Just like with any other food source, plants and lawns will all benefit the greatest from a regular food supply in smaller quantities rather than only being fed every so often whenever we might remember. With this in mind, it’s important that we plan out a yearly fertilizing regimen which is balanced according to the needs of our turf. This will help you grow grass quicker, especially if you are planting some form of Bermuda grass seed or falcon grass seed.
First by measuring the lawn area as accurately as possible, then choose a quality lawn fertilizer which includes minor or trace nutrients, and then calculate the correct amount of fertilizer required for the lawn by following the fertilizer manufacturer’s recommendations for application of their product. Not all fertilizers are applied in the same quantities, so it’s important to follow manufacturer’s guidelines for the product you’ve purchased.
Most lawn fertilizer brands will recommend an application every two months for standard fertilizer blends, and every 3 to 4 months for the slow release variants. Such recommendations are the perfect place to begin to plan out our yearly lawn feeding program. However, it has been proven in many different trials that if we begin our fertilizing schedule one month prior to the beginning of winter, that we will attain the greatest benefit to our lawns over the colder months, as well as greening up our lawns much faster once spring arrives. We will need a winter fertilizer, which is higher in Iron and lower in Nitrogen for these cold season applications.
With this groundwork done, and an understanding of how to fertilize our lawns properly, our last and most simple task is to plan out our lawn fertilizing schedule for the entire year. So let’s get started with an example of how we should do this.
In this example, let say we have 100 meters of lawn, and our fertilizer recommendations tell us that we should apply 50 grams of fertilizer per square meter of the lawn. We will, therefore, be applying a total of 5 kilograms of fertilizer to the entire lawn at each application date.
As an example, let’s say our local winter begins in January. Let’s then start our program beginning in December, one month prior to Winter, with an application of 5 kilograms of Winter Lawn Fertilizer to our lawns. Two months later we’ll apply another application of Winter Fertilizer in February at the same application rate. Fertilizing is two months later, in April, when you apply standard lawn fertilizer blend, and continue to do so every two months from then onwards, until December for Winter Fertilizing again.
This very simple lawn fertilizing program can be used in all the warmer environments almost anywhere in the world, and will result in much healthier lawns all year. However, as we said at the beginning of this article, we must also get our lawn watering and lawn mowing equally as right to ensure we get the maximum benefit from our lawn care program. In conclusion, we must emphasize that over-fertilizing lawns are just as bad for the health of the turf as no fertilizing at all. Applying too many nutrients to the lawn will result in nutrient run-off into the open environment, and a sick lawn which becomes weak and highly fragile and susceptible to disease. Therefore we must always remember the golden rule of lawn fertilizing, to apply a little fertilizer, regularly, and we’ll have a lawn which is in the best health possible.