How to feed a lawn

Autumn is the ideal time to feed a lawn. If you would like a lush looking lawn all year round, then applying a fertiliser is essential. Read on for our top tips and advice on how to feed a lawn.

Why you should feed your lawn

You would never expect plants and vegetables to grow without adequate food and water; the same goes for grass. Grass is as dependent on regular feeding and maintenance as every other plant in your garden, but often gets overlooked. Regular applications of fertiliser will do wonders for your lawn; making the roots stronger and therefore more resistant to disease, and the grass leaves greener and thicker.

Why autumn is a great time to feed a lawn

Applying fertiliser to your lawn during the autumn months will prepare and protect your lawn against the harsh, cold temperatures and diseases that can occur during winter. Providing essential nutrients to the roots of grass, diseases such as Fusarium Patch (common during winter) can be avoided.

Autumn fertiliser contains:

  • Phosphate – an essential ingredient to help strengthen the roots of grass
  • Potassium – protects grass leaves against disease
  • Magnesium – gives a good, healthy colour
  • Slow release nitrogen – feeds the lawn over a 10-12 week period
  • Iron Sulphate – controls the appearance of moss

How to feed a lawn

The number one rule when feeding a lawn is to ensure that the correct fertiliser is applied for the time of year, so please always read the packaging before you buy. Here’s a summary of how to feed a lawn:

  1. Mow the lawn.
  2. Apply the fertiliser on a dry day, but preferably when the ground is moist, ie after light nighttime rain or after being watered the previous evening. This will help to activate the granules.
  3. Apply the granules according to manufacturer’s instructions, either by hand, or using a spreader.
  4. Wait at least a week before attempting to the mow the grass, and mow on a slightly higher setting.