Choosing the Right Fertiliser for Your Lawn and Garden

You want the perfect garden, don’t you? Well, that won’t happen all on its own, and I am guessing you understand that already. Creating the perfect garden, talked about more on this page, takes time and effort. You need to be patient, but you also need to be ready to do some important work like choosing the right fertiliser. After all, you are the one responsible for making it happen.

What do you think is the key to a thriving garden? Sure, there is watering, weeding, as well as mowing, and those are certainly all quite important activities. Yet, without fertilising, most of the activities will be in vain, since you will never actually achieve the results, you are after if you don’t use these products to your advantage.

The thing is, though, you may not know precisely how to choose the right fertiliser for your lawn and garden. It is not unusual for people not to know this, as well as to be a bit confused about the application process.

What you shouldn’t do if you’re confused is just grab the first product you come across and just scatter it around the garden without having a clear system. On the other hand, you can play this smart and actually understand fertiliser essentials. Then learn how to choose it, as well as take your time to learn about the dos and the don’ts of applying it.

The Key to a Thriving Garden: Understanding Fertiliser Essentials

I will cover both of the topics for you today. Starting, of course, with helping you understand the essentials and figure out what to consider when it comes to choosing these products. Below you’ll get the tips for it, and those are bound to put you on the right purchasing path.

Here are some gardening tips that could come quite in handy:

A bucket of granulated fertilizer

Consider Grass Type

The grass type certainly plays an essential role in choosing the right fertiliser. And, there are two main types to consider.

First off, there is the cool-season grass, which stays green throughout the entire year and which is best fertilised at the end of the summer. Then, there is the warm-season grass, found in warmer climates and best fertilized when the weather actually heats up.

Identify the Needed Nutrients

You have to know what your garden needs in order to be able to provide it with the right nutrients. Testing the soil will help you here. This is a must because understanding which nutrients are lacking will help you choose the perfect fertiliser.

Choose the Type and the Form

Liquid, granular, slow-release, quick-release… Those are the types and forms to consider when choosing the right fertilising products for your garden. The decision will depend on the results you are trying to achieve, as well as on the season. Think about it carefully and get some advice from experts if you’re not sure which option is right for you.

Plan the Applications

Another significant thing to do is actually plan the applications. If you thought that this was a one-time-thing and that you will fertilise once and be done with it for a long time, you were wrong.

Instead, this is a process that should be done a couple of times a year. It is your responsibility not only to buy the right products, but also to plan the applications

Spreading fertilizer with a spreader

The Dos and Don’ts of Fertiliser Application

Speaking of the application process, you need to know how to do it right. Winging it and hoping for the best is not a good idea.

You need to approach the task a bit more systematically and a bit more responsibly. I will tell you about the dos and don’ts of the application process next.

Do Get the Soil Tested

Here is something I have briefly mentioned above already, but it is worth mentioning again, simply because some people don’t understand the importance of it. Testing the soil is clearly a must. After all, you can’t choose the best fertiliser, and let alone apply it the right way, if you don’t know what your soil needs.

Do Aerate

Aerating the lawn is another important step to take. By doing so, you will allow the roots to actually get access to the fertiliser, as well as to the water and the air.

Which aerating tool you will use depends on the size of your lawn, among other things. Once again, if you don’t know how to do this right, you should either hire professionals or get some advice from them.

Aerating the grass

Do Apply Less to Plants That Are in Shade

Plants that are in shade will need less fertiliser than those that are in direct sunlight. So, take a close look at your garden. Think about the sunlight and about the shade, and then plan the application accordingly.

Do Apply More in High Foot Traffic Areas

Contrary to the above, areas with high foot traffic will need more product. Think about how your garden is used, and how often people are walking across the lawn.

Also consider which areas are most affected. Plan to fertilise the high foot traffic areas the most.


Don’t Scatter on Hard Surfaces

Don’t ever scatter the product on hard surfaces, such as walkways and similar. The fertiliser reaching the street and the gutters could cause some issues with the public waterways. If something spills, make sure to clean it up.

Don’t Choose Based on the Price Alone

Perhaps the number one thing that people do the wrong way is this. They choose the products based on the prices, hoping to save money along the way. Not the best idea, because you want to achieve the perfect results.

Quality matters much more in that regard than prices. There are important choosing factors to consider, as I’ve talked about above, so don’t let the price dictate your purchase.

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