Looking for advice on when to feed lawn and find the best time for lawn care in general? In this article, we’re sharing advice on when to feed your lawn, adequate feeding, caring for your soil and more.
The Best Time to Feed Lawn
When There’s Enough Moisture
Check that the grass is actively growing and that the soil is moist. Even if it hasn’t rained in a few weeks, there still might be moisture in the grass, so check your lawn before applying a spring lawn feed. Some lawn fertilisers don’t require watering if there’s enough rain, although this will be mentioned on the bottle. However, if the soil is dry, don’t use a feeder until you’ve watered the lawn.
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You may want to apply a fertiliser soon after cutting your lawn to ensure that it has enough time to be absorbed and settle before you next mow the lawn. We recommend checking the instructions on the fertiliser box to ensure that you don’t need to wait until after a few cuts before applying the first lot of fertiliser.
Most commonly, people tend to reach for fertiliser during spring (sometime in April), but you should check that the weather isn’t too hot before applying fertiliser to the grass. In some cases, this might mean waiting off until the end of April or May until there’s a slightly colder breeze. As a general rule of thumb, wait until you’ve cut the grass several times before adding the first fertiliser application.
Summer is an important season for lawn care in the UK. You’ll probably want to apply lawn treatments and feeder around 12 weeks after the spring treatment if the weather is dry enough, although you still need some moisture in the lawn for the soil nutrients to take into effect for a summer lawn. If your grass condition suddenly changes, you may need to use a lawn feed that’s well-suited for the condition it’s currently at (whether that’s too wet or dry).
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When autumn approaches—around September—you’ll want to begin applying lawn fertiliser. As a general rule of thumb, wait until it begins raining (which is usually around the end of August) before applying a lawn fertiliser to an autumn lawn. You should also take into consideration the weather and conditions in your area. For example, putting nitrogen into grasses too late can cause lawn diseases in the lawn.
If you’re considering using feeding products for your winter lawn, you might want to use September as the beginning month so you can re-apply up to April. Bear in mind that this will be like an additional vitamin for your grass and not food, so you’ll need to continue using your fertiliser like you normally would.
If you’re currently using an iron fertiliser, don’t use it at the same time as products that contain ferrous sulphate, or you could end up using plenty too much product on your lawn and actually end up increasing lawn maintenance.
Lawn Care Tips
Keep your lawns and grass plants in excellent condition and healthy with these tips.
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Removing Weeds From Lawns
There are many ways to remove weeds from your home turf. First, ensure that you’re using the correct mowing technique and that the mower is set to the right height. In particular, mowing your lawn too low can impede grass growth and lead to bare patches. As a result, you’ll see an increase in weeds because it’s an ideal environment for them. You can prevent this by using the correct application: regularly mowing your lawn and using plant nutrients to improve your grass’s health.
Using Correct Fertilisers
Improve your lawn feed by using lawn treatments to encourage thick, healthy grass growth. However, ensure that you don’t overfeed your lawn because this can lead to disease. Instead, a thicker lawn is the best way to prevent weeds because they don’t like these conditions.
Raking isn’t just for removing leaves, and although it might seem like a lot of work, the main reason for raking is to prevent thatch build-up, which discourages weed from going and is one of the cheapest weed killers alternatives you’ll find.
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Water During Dry Spells
Your turf might end up looking a little dehydrated at certain times of the year if there’s not been any rain, particularly in summer. During these dry spells, it’s important to water the lawn to prevent weeds from invading the area through lack of water.
Edging Your Lawn
Lawn edging focuses on creating distinct lines around the edge of your lawn to encourage grass to stay within this border and helps to remove side shoots. This guide creates a tidier finish to your lawn. To edge your lawn, you’ll need a half-moon edging tool for the best clean results.
Using these tools, cut into the earth at the side of the lawn and get rid of any unwanted turf. You may even lay out a plank to help guide you. Or you can use a rope to create some interesting shapes for a unique design to the edge of your lawn. Then, mow the entire lawn, taking care not to get too close to plants. Using long-edged shears, trim the grass on the edge line for a more efficient and easier process. Alternatively, use electric trimmers if you’re a real lawn enthusiast.
Sow Grass Seed
If a part of your lawn is looking like a dreadful site due to bald patches, one of the best treatments you can undergo is using grass seeds. You can sow seed using your hands, and you don’t need any special equipment to do it. For every m2 of turf, we recommend using 50g seeds. For adding seeds to an existing lawn, opt for 35g for every m2.
Begin by removing any weeds, moss (it’s important to eradicate moss problems before beginning this process), or dead grass using a rake. Otherwise, you’ll still need to use a rake on the entire lawn to ensure that the soil is nice and loose.
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Using your hairs, sow the lawn seed amongst the soil and press down firmly with your feet to improve the contact of the seed to the soil.
For proper lawn care afterwards, also refer to the product label, but generally speaking, you’ll need to water your lawn daily for the next eight weeks. However, you can skip a day if it’s been raining. Only once your lawn has an even cover and around 7 cm in height should you mow it. Remember to use grass feed to add nutrients to all of the lawn.
Feed Your Lawn
Understanding when to feed lawn is essential in having a healthy and beautiful garden. The timing will greatly depend on your backyard’s condition and the fertilisers or treatments you use. Don’t forget that watering and aftercare is also needed.
If you have any advice or information on caring for plants or what feed to use for a healthy lawn, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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