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 summer time.
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.