Should You Be Using A General Garden Fertiliser

By on August 19, 2020 in Gardening with 0 Comments

A general garden fertiliser can be the difference between a nice healthy lawn and garden and tumbleweeds in your backyard.  Learning whats in a fertiliser and how to use it properly does take a little bit of research.

That’s what we will cover in this article, general garden fertilisers and how to use them.

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What do fertilisers do?

Using a fertilizer on your lawn makes it strong, helps it to grow and keeps it green and lush.  Think of it as giving your lawn and garden supplements to help it grow.

What’s in a general garden fertiliser?

There are three chemicals in fertilisers.


The nitrogen in the fertilizer helps produce chlorophyll, which is essential in photosynthesis, allowing plants to absorb energy from light.


Phosphorous is another chemical which helps develop healthy roots and stems.


The third chemical in the fertilizer is potassium, and this element helps protect the lawn from drought and disease.

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When should you use a general garden fertiliser?

Timing is everything! When the soil temperature at 55 degrees. When spring arrives the weather tends to turn much warmer and your grass will start to grow again. This is the ideal time to spread the fertiliser over your lawn.

Aerating the lawn

Before applying the fertiliser, it is a good idea to aerate the lawn. This process pokes holes in the soil and allows the water, fertilizer and oxygen to penetrate the roots. It will give your lawn a whole fresh look.

A garden tiller is an ideal tool for aerating the lawn, you can learn what is a garden tiller here.

What type of fertiliser should you use

It is best to use a slow-release fertiliser. A slow-release fertiliser lowers the risk of too much nitrogen being released into the soil which may hurt your grass. It also requires fewer applications.

How much should you use?

Lawns vary in their requirements, but their needs usually based on their nitrogen requirements. One to six-pound per 1,000 square feet per year is the basic requirement for most lawns. Sometimes leaving the grass cutting on the lawn reduces this number by around one pound.

What is the best general garden fertiliser to use?

There are several on the market to choose from.

How do you apply it?

You can just throw it around by hand, but it’s best to purchase a handheld Garden Spreader. It will spread the fertiliser evenly over your lawn.

There are larger spreaders that are available for use on larger areas. No matter what type of spreader you choose when applying always walk at a steady consistent pace. If you don’t work this way the chances are that the fertiliser will spread thin in some areas and thick in others.

Start by spreading around the permitter then work into the middle. Don’t apply the general garden fertiliser before a downpour as the rain will wash the fertilizer away.

If you accidentally spill some on walkway or driveway, make sure you sweep it up as it will find its way into the storm drains and then into the river systems.  Always water well after spreading the fertilizer.

 Can you over-fertilise?

The simple answer is yes. When you apply too much or too often the salt content will build up causing the fertiliser to burn the grass. The end result will be brown, yellow or streaked lawn grass.

Watering and Fertiliser.

The more you water the more the lawn requires fertilising. If you have an automatic watering system then fertilizing every six weeks is recommended. Wait another two weeks or so before fertilising if you water by hand.

What you shouldn’t do!

It’s not a good idea to fertilize on windy days.  Avoid applying in the vicinity of any waterways.

Don’t overwater. The use of a soaker hose is preferable to allow the water to penetrate into the soil and not wash away the fertilizer.

What you should do!

Apply fertiliser only when necessary and in the recommended amount.  Apply fertiliser as close as possible to the period of maximum growth.   Store the unused fertilizer safely and dispose of the empty containers in a safe manner.

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About the Author: Chris Carr is a well-travelled full-time writer. That loves spending time at home or in the garden. Chris regularly writes for several homes, garden and lifestyle blogs. Sharing what the best of what she's learnt along the way. .


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