How to Organically Fertilise your Lawn

Keeping your lawn well fed is a very important part of the overall care throughout the year. By using a fertiliser you can ensure your lawn keeps its healthy, deep green colour and generates a thick grass covering which can help to prevent weeds from growing.
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However with so many types of lawn fertilisers, choosing the correct one can be tricky especially if you’d like to keep things organic.

The type of fertiliser you will require will vary depending on your lawn. For example, the type of year and weather can play a part. Ideally for the summer months you will need a fertiliser that is high in nitrogen as this helps promote healthy growth followed by a high potassium fertiliser in the autumn and winter to strengthen the grass so it can survive the colder months.

Confused? Fear not. Here’s what you need to know about fertilising your lawn…

Benefits Of Using Organic Fertilisers

Now you have worked out what type of fertiliser you need for your lawn you need to actually choose a product. Some fertilisers can be quite harmful based on the chemicals in the mixture. More often than not, as a result of this, it is better to go for an organic option. Not only will it be better for your family, but also for the planet and surrounding plants. Traditional fertilisers can be based from synthetic fertilisers and chemical herbicides that can be really harmful; some can have quite serious side effects.

Organic fertilisers avoid the risks of toxic build-up of chemicals that can be harmful to either plants or humans. They are also biodegradable so are better for your garden in the long term especially as they are slow-release fertilisers. It is therefore quite difficult to actually harm your plants with an organic option as they improve the structure of the soil and increase its capability to hold water and other food over time.

Organic fertiliser can be quite expensive in packages however it is something that you can make yourself by composting at home which can cut the costs, especially if it is made from unwanted food.

Products That Feed The Lawn

One of the simplest ways to feed your lawn is by using the grass that you are cutting. We all want a neatly trimmed lawn however simply throwing away the clippings mean you are missing out on a simple opportunity to create a free and organic fertiliser that can make your garden a beautiful green oasis. Often a result of always collecting and throwing you grass clippings in the bin is you create a nitrogen deficiency, as when you throw away the grass you throw the nitrogen away, which means you need to add it back into the lawn via fertilisers.

Instead of collecting the grass, why not mulch is it instead. This is the process of cutting the grass clippings into very fine (almost invisible) pieces and leaving them on your lawn to breakdown, adding their nutrients back into the lawn. This is the same principle that the Flymo 1200R robotic lawnmower uses.

The 1200R is an automatic lawnmower that cuts the grass for you day or night, rain or shine. There’s no need to worry about over fertilising or putting the grass under stress as the mower does all of the hard work for you so you can ultimately sit back and relax on your healthy lawn.

Even if you do not have a mower that uses the mulch principle you can still manually spread the collected grass clippings on your lawn. Collecting all foliage and grass trimmings allows you to create a compost heap that will keep your lawn in the best possible condition.

Home Made Fertilisers

Creating your own fertiliser at home can be quite a simple process. The leftovers from products that we would have for food can be used to create a highly effective fertiliser. You just need to know what can go in your homemade fertiliser mix and what will need to stay away. There are a few different recipes around that can safely and organically take your garden to the next level.

  • Coffee grounds – are high in nitrogen so creating a fertiliser from this can be a very useful addition to the fertiliser especially in the summer months. If you have a cafeteria of coffee in the morning why not put the grounds to good use, or take the coffee waste home from the coffee machine at work?
  • Egg Shells - are almost entirely made from calcium carbonate which can increase the PH of acidic soil and make the soil more alkaline.
  • Vinegar - does the opposite of egg shells so if you are looking at more acidic plants this can be a strong organic option.
  • Compost - Kitchen or garden scraps are loaded with nutrients and microorganisms that are very helpful for your garden. Read our separate blog post for advice on how to make a compost heap.

Toxic Pest Killers And Natural Replacement

Using harsh chemicals may do the trick when it comes to sending lawn pests packing but the aftermath can cause a multitude of problems in your garden. What is the point in killing the pests if the synthetic fertiliser ruins your garden in the process?

It’s good to remember that some insects can be beneficial, and a healthy garden will have a balance of animals living there. Worms can be good for your garden as their process of moving through the soil aids microbial activity and aeration. Only three out of 27 species of worm create the worm casts on the surface on your lawn. Worm casts are actually a good sign that your lawn is healthy! If you are keen to limit their numbers you should clear away autumn leaves and avoid excessive watering of the lawn. You can also use an acidifier like vinegar, which would temporarily make the conditions uninviting for them.

For more advice and tips on keeping your lawn looking luscious check out our guide to getting a green lawn.

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