To be healthy and thrive, garden lawns require feeding. The nutritional value of the soil can vary throughout the year and so lawns need ‘feeding’ to keep them in good shape. Lawns with heavy use need feeding more to keep them growing longer.
Depending on how fussy you are and how well drained your lawn is will dictate the ability to mow out-of-season and what fertiliser policy you need to employ. Some gardeners are happy for an annual application just to keep the lawn going and can tolerate periods when the lawn looks poor or cannot grow in any case. Others will want to keep the lawn healthy and green all year round as well as making out-of-season treatments which get the lawn in really good shape for the spring and summer. If you really only want to make one application in a year, do it during Autumn or Winter and aim to boost essential nutrients sufficiently for the following spring.
Why is it so important to feed your lawn when it is not growing!?
Because grass is still growing even when you think it’s not! It’s a living plant and its survival and renewal is based on good nutrition. When your grass is actively growing, it needs lots of primary nutrients, ‘NPK’ etc. When it looks dormant, its often suffering because the nutrients are depleted and that puts growth on hold. Restore the nutrients and your grass is ready to grow as soon as the weather allows – and in the British climate, that can be virtually all year round.
The problem is that levels of nutrients available in the soil deplete every time you cut your lawn, although not all at the same rate. But if your soils are depleted from regular cutting, grass plants can’t get the essential nutrients they need and the lawn is closer to dying than living. It follows then that the more you cut your lawn the quicker it will run out of the nutritional fuel it requires, especially if it is not receiving any spring or summer feeds. Using an Autumn and Winter Lawn Fertiliser to replenish these lost nutrients will improve lawn health and ensures the correct nutrients are present when growth begins again in the spring.
Choosing the correct Autumn and Winter Lawn Fertiliser
As we are not seeking to promote lush growth, Autumn and Winter Lawn Fertilisers should typically be lower in Nitrogen and higher in Phosphate and Potash. At Bridgewater Garden Supplies we have used our experience in the fertiliser industry and our access to a variety of different types of fertiliser to produce two unique Autumn and Winter Lawn feeds. These are fertilisers that we blend on site and are not available elsewhere in the UK.
Our ‘Autumn and Winter Lawn Feed’ has an NPK ratio of 5-14-10, but also contains 5% Sulphur, 4% Magnesium and 12% Calcium, providing a unique balanced blend of all six primary nutrients.
Our ‘Premium Autumn and Winter Lawn Booster’ is high in Potash and Sulphur and is designed to be used on lawns that have been intensively cut throughout the growing season. It has an NPK ratio 6-15-33 plus 27% Sulphur.