Mineral lawn feed
Slow-release products are a very popular method for fertilising lawns. They usually come in the form of small encapsulated pellets that you distribute on the surface of the lawn; they break down slowly and make nutrients available over time. You can apply them by hand, but we recommend using a spreader. Work methodically in straight lines to distribute the fertiliser evenly across your lawn.
Take note of the product’s advised application rate, as otherwise the lawn may become scorched and excess nutrients will end up in the groundwater.
There are various organic fertilising options that are suitable for your lawn, such as chicken manure pellets, seaweed and compost. These act differently from commercial feed products as they do not have the same “boosting” effect, but instead offer long-term improvement. The advantage is that this type of improvement is longer-lasting and better for the soil, groundwater and plants. This means that fertilising with organics is a great way to build a strong foundation for your lawn, but not so good as a quick fix for specific problems: their composition is not controlled, and the benefits are released at an unpredictable rate.
Liquid fertilisers are not so widely used in private gardens as they are more difficult to apply. Use as instructed, with a mistblower to spread the liquid feed on the lawn. It’s worth noting liquid fertilising will quickly have a noticeable effect, but it won’t last long, and the active ingredients will soon be washed away.