Daleys Turf answer this question quite a lot and it can be a bit of a minefield as to which products you should use, but it really doesn’t have to be. Both fertiliser options, either liquid or granular, can play an important part of your lawn care routine. But it is important to understand the benefits of each, so that you can use the right one at the right time.
Granular fertilisers are highly popular and easy to apply. Plant roots take up nutrients in a liquid form, so granular fertilisers are slower to deliver nutrients as they must first break down and dissolve in water in the soil.
By delivering a small but constant feed to your lawn over 8 weeks delivers improved growth which is sustained over time as opposed to instant but short-lived results. Slow release fertilisers are most times better value for money, so if you are after a slow release feed for your lawn for the entire season, then granular fertilisers are the way to go. All you need to do is use the correct amount for the size of your lawn, spreading it out evenly and water it in really well. If you don’t water it in enough, the granules can burn the leaf of your lawn, so it is essential that you apply enough water.
Liquid fertilisers provide a much quicker response from your grass. The nutrients are virtually instantly available to be absorbed through the roots or leaves, amending nutrient deficiencies quickly or giving the plant a general boost through the growing season. A liquid fertiliser can also be used straight after mowing to reduce foliar stress to the cut leaf.
To continue to get the best results, you will need to apply liquid fertilisers more often to maintain your lawn. The cost of this can add up quickly over time, so it is essential to find a balance in your frequency of use.
Finding a Balance
Daleys Turf recommends that you use a granular, slow-release fertiliser like Lawn Solutions Fertiliser about 3-4 times a year, as this will assist in maintaining the overall health of your lawn for longer periods. Different turf varieties require different amounts of fertiliser and nitrogen, so contact the team at Daleys Turf for the specific requirements for your turf variety.
A liquid fertiliser can be integrated as a regular part of your lawn care routine, by providing a quick green up when required, to reduce heat stress in Summer or as a quick alternative when your lawn isn’t looking at its finest.
For more lawn care tips and tricks, or to order your new natural lawn, contact the team at Daleys Turf today.