To have a healthy, thick and green lawn it is important to feed and condition it. Just like people, the grass needs to source the right nutrients to grow and survive. Without these essential nutrients, it will be thin and turn a yellow colour. It can also become out-competed by weeds because they can grow more easily than lawns in the low nutrient conditions. Diseases start to take hold, meaning the lawn becomes a lot weaker and has more weeds. Overall, without feeding your lawn, the appearance will deteriorate even more.
Ideally lawn feed should be used regularly as part of your lawn maintenance programme. By doing this, the lawn will become thicker and greener and unwelcome weeds and moss are less likely to take hold.
During the spring, feed your lawn with Aftercut All in One, which will feed and condition your lawn, as well as getting rid of weeds and moss.
During late spring and summer, feed your lawn with Aftercut Ultra Green Plus every 3-4 weeks to keep your grass in tip top condition. Simply apply granules after mowing. This contains balanced nitrogen to prevent scorching and keep grass green and in top condition. Added Potash, Iron and Magnesium help to create a hard wearing lawn that suppresses weeds and moss.
Alternatively, you could also use Westland Lawn Revive from February through to September. Westland Lawn Revive is a one step natural solution for a greener, thicker and lusher lawn. It feeds the lawn, therefore giving green results and a nutritional boost, as well as also enhancing the soil for long term health and improved soil foundation.
What is in lawn feed which makes it so important to feed your lawn?
The nutrients in lawn feed are essential for healthy functioning of the plant. The main nutrients which are in lawn feed are as follows:
- (N) Nitrogen – An essential building block for new grass growth and essential for healthy green growth. If the grass is yellowing/pale in colour then this indicates low levels of Nitrogen and leads to poor grass quality.
- (P) Phosphorous – Develops & encourages a strong grass root system which makes the lawn more resilient all year round and especially in dry weather.
- (K) Potassium – For grass durability and better hydration of the grass. This helps the lawn deal with drought and disease much better and will deliver a stronger, healthier lawn.
- (Fe) Iron – Boosts colour with a quick greening impact, helps plant metabolism and strengthens the grass.
But, where do the nutrients in the soil go?
The nutrients in the soil will gradually be released to the grass plants as the soil weathers. However, a large number of the nutrients in the soil can be lost. Some of the nutrients can be locked away in forms that are unavailable to plants. Some of the nutrients such as nitrogen compounds are very soluble and tend to get washed out of the soil by rainfall, meaning these nutrients are completely lost. The biggest source of loss of nutrients in lawns is through mowing. As the grass grows, it takes up the nutrients, but when we mow the lawn, we chop off a large amount of the leaves and take away the nutrients. Nutrients can be lost from the soil in many different ways, and this is why we need to feed the lawns to replenish them.
What lawn feed do I use and how often do I apply it?
When deciding which lawn feed to use, it is important to look at the NPK;
Aftercut All In One contains a large amount of nitrogen with NPK 10-2-2 as well as weed killer and moss killer, for a lovely green lawn. However, this can only be used twice a year.
However, Aftercut Ultra Green + has a lot less nitrogen in it with NPK 4-1-4. This means you can apply it every 3-4 weeks from February to September which gives a steady supply of nutrients for the lawn.
For specific advice on feeding and conditioning your lawn throughout the year, take a look at our seasonal lawn calendar.