Applying organic lawn feed
For those of us who prefer to use natural organic methods of gardening
and fertilising applying an organic lawn feed will be preferred
over using chemical lawn feeds.
As discussed in our feeding the
lawn article there are 3 key minerals that form the basis of
lawn feeds. These 3 key minerals are Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P)
and Potassium (K).
Organic sources of Nitrogen include organic compost and also grass
clippings. Both of these are readily available to the gardener and
as well as being a valuable part of the recycling ethos they will
also look kindly on your wallet. You should apply organic sources
of Nitrogen when the lawn is actively growing, namely in spring
and summer. Lawn clippings can be left on the lawn every second
cut. They will naturally break…
Nitrogen is required for leaf growth and thus is an essential aspect
of feeding the lawn. The lawn will be a healthy looking deep green
colour when there is sufficient Nitrogen. Nitrogen should be applied
when the grass is producing new growth, i.e. spring and and summer
Phosphorus is required for root development. A lawn with a poor
root system is far more susceptible to stressful conditions such
as drought, disease and pests. Because of this Phosphorus is an
essential ingredient when feeding your lawn. Phosphorus should be
applied in early spring or autumn.
Potassium aids the lawn as it helps build resistance against drought
and disease and should be applied in spring or autumn.