Feed Your Lawn To Preserve Its Good Looks 0
There’s a big difference between a beautiful lawn and a patch of grass. A lawn invites you to “come outside”. A grass patch was probably beautiful once, but now it simply fills the space between the back door and the washing line.
So how do you make sure that your outdoor room stays gorgeous enough for you to want to use all summer long?
The answer is – feed it.
Why does your lawn need feeding?
You’d be right in thinking that plants get most of their food from the soil and the sun. So why do you need to add extra?
Imagine that the soil beneath your lawn is like a supermarket. Food is available 24/7. All plants need to do is push their roots into the soil and take out what they need. But what if that food gets used up? Who re-stocks the shelves?
A lawn is quite a hungry organism. There are a lot of grass plants living in a relatively small area. Nature isn’t really set up to support that sort of plant density. If you look at an area of wild grasses, you’ll see that the plants are spaced further apart than the ones in your lawn.
A healthy lawn contains a great many plants all growing very closely together. To keep the texture its vital that supplies of nutrients in the soil are regularly topped up.
Nature does have a wonderful ecosystem whereby microscopic organisms in the soil recycle organic matter to make plant food. But when it comes to growing fruit, vegetables, flowers or lawns, that ecosystem needs a bit of a hand out.
That’s what you are doing when you feed your lawn. You’re helping Nature to support an artificially dense colony of plants. Without your support your lawn will gradually return to the level that nature can sustain ie a grass patch.
What should you feed your lawn?
To stay healthy, people need to eat a balanced diet of fat, protein and carbohydrates along with some vitamins and minerals. Plants need Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium and a whole host of minerals that we call micronutrients.
Nitrogen supports growth. Important because lawn grasses are continually trying to replace the leaves that mowing removes. Without nitrogen your lawn would become thin and it would lose its beautiful velvety texture.
Phosphorus encourages root growth. Strong roots reach deep into the soil to access the water and minerals that grass plants need.
Potassium is for toughness. When the weather is cold, we put on coats and hats, or we stay indoors. When it’s hot we sit in the shade. Your lawn doesn’t have that luxury. It’s out there in frost, torrential rain, drought, heatwaves – the lot! And to add insult to injury we’re walking all over it damaging the leaves and compacting the soil. So the plants need to be tough. For that, they need potassium.
When to feed your lawn
When your lawn is growing fastest is when you should be feeding it. This co-incides with the time when you’re using the most too – so it needs help coping with the wear and tear.
As a rule of thumb, when the daytime temperature is six degrees – it’s time to apply lawn feed. In the UK, that’s normally March.
Keep feeding all through the growing season. Every 6-8 weeks works well for most soil types and most gardens. Mark it on the calendar or in your diary – it’s easily forgotten.
Which lawn food do I need?
Always use the correct formulation for the time of year. Spring-summer when growth is fastest, Autumn winter between October and February.
The lawn feed available from Wimborne Turf in Dorset is ideal. It’s been formulated by a turf grower – so these people really know about grass, soil and lawns. It’s granular, so easy to apply, and it comes in a re-sealable bucket. No soggy paper packets!
The nutrients are beautifully balanced and they’re more concentrated than some of the “big brand” lawn care products.
Order online today or call in to the farm to collect your lawn feed – and maybe get some free lawncare advice at the same time.