23 Oct How to Properly Fertilise Your Lawn Turf
We all have to eat and drink to have the strength to live. The same principle applies to all living beings, and that includes plants and grass. Your lawn turf, for instance, needs nutrients to grow and flourish. Watering your lawn regularly and mowing it down when the blades get too tall are just a couple of things you can do to care for your lawn.
Aside from these, you have to make sure it is getting the nutrients it needs to be healthy and hearty and to be less susceptible to weeds and lawn diseases.
The best way to do this is by applying fertiliser on your lawn turf. Through fertilising, your lawn can get nutrients that are not readily available from the soil but are instrumental in keeping the grass healthy, namely nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Nitrogen helps your lawn achieve the lush green colour, phosphorus boosts the growth of the root system and potassium strengthens the roots and foliage.
If you’re new to caring for a lawn, here are the major things you have to remember to properly fertilise.
Test the soil.
Before anything else, you should first test the quality of your soil. This is to verify the nutrients present and those that are not, therefore allowing you to determine the correct ratio for nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium that needs to be applied.
Choose your fertiliser accordingly.
Depending on the results of the soil test, choose the right fertiliser for your lawn. Fertiliser comes in varying amounts, as do the percentage of the elements contained. A three-digit ratio called NPK (30-10-10, 5-10-5, or 12-6-8) is used to indicate this: the first number is for the percentage of nitrogen, the second for phosphorus and the third for potassium.
Apply the right amount of fertiliser.
For your lawn, getting too much amount of nutrients is almost as bad as getting too little. So you have to be careful not to overfeed it with fertiliser. Excessive fertiliser can create an abundance of thatch, which may choke out your lawn. Additionally, if your soil is too sandy and you apply too much fertiliser, most of it would just seep through the soil and end up in groundwater sources and wetlands.
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