Organic Lawn Fertilizer
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Lawn grass responds like no other plant to a little love and attention. You've probably noticed how a run-down look is always very revealing when your lawn is neglected. However, regular grass cutting alone won't brighten your lawn up - the grass cuttings you remove actually take a considerable amount from the ground - so you need to replace all those nutrients with lawn fertilizer.
That's why applying lawn fertilizer is the important measure for making the grass grow greener in your patch. Although grass uses up nitrogen, organic gardeners well know that the secret to green lawns lies in using a complete fertilizer and not in over supplying nitrogen - that would mean lots more grass cutting.
Instead you should provide a steady release over the season from organic lawn fertilizer that includes all the small but essential nutrients, such as iron, as well. This is about a healthy looking green not rampantly growing grass.
And for organic gardeners this also presents a good opportunity to get nutrients into lawn cuttings then into garden compost which then goes onto your vegetables or flower beds. While in addition, when you leave grass cuttings on the lawn from late spring to late summer that will also feed the lawn.
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that will help build a good looking and resilient springy turf like no other. That's partly because organic lawn
fertilizers also feed the living soil in a way that helps to improve drainage and aeration.
First, before seeding or planting a new lawn, I recommend that you rake in Seaweed Meal. Kelp is rich in organic nutrients that improve germination, vitalise seedlings, grow healthy roots and strengthen the grass.
Composted manure adds all the main nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. It is the best way to supply nitrogen to grow a lush green sward in spring and summer. When preparing the ground for growing a new lawn work in manure several weeks before sowing and planting.
When the lawn is established, composted manure can be used either on its own or; mixed with sieved garden compost, sand or leaf mold, then applied as a top dressing and raked in.
Bone Meal can also be used to rejuvenate the lawn. It contains calcium and phosphorus with some nitrogen. Calcium will tend to neutralise acidity and so encourage earth worms which in turn improve drainage. Phosphorus helps to grow strong healthy roots.
Lawn Sand contains Iron Sulphate but you may consider this to be a chemical fertilizer. It should only be applied on a damp lawn. It will kill off moss. The iron helps to green up the lawn.
Seasonal Lawn Fertilizer - use the right mix for the time of year
For an all year around healthy lawn you can use 2 fertilizers, one for spring to early-summer, and one for late-summer to early autumn. Why two?
During spring and summer your grass is both actively growing and regularly cut. Therefore nutrients are being removed from the turf with the lawn cuttings. You can recycle these nutrients. Your grass needs all major nutrients to keep growing. Nitrogen especially produces lush green leaves. So make up for lost nutrients and keep your grass growing by applying fertilizer with sufficient nitrogen - See below for a special spring / summer fertilizer mix.
The Fall is a time to avoid the lush sappy green growth caused by nitrogen fertilizer. Soft sappy growth in the fall would invite attack by fungal diseases. These are rife in autumn as most plants are naturally dying down then. Instead you need a fertilizer blend that will toughen up the grass for winter. These fertilizers contain extra potassium.
Check below of for more details of special seasonal blends of organic fertilizer developed for American gardeners -
Spring Lawn Boost all nitrogen & inhibits weed seed emergence (don't use when re-seeding) - a complete organic lawn fertilizer with biofeed microbial action - a summer lawn feed with Iron to green up - fall lawn feed with potassiium to winterize grass see below... ...
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Health Benefits of Organic Lawn Fertilizers
We're talking grass here. But we're also talking good looks, weeds, and disease. Here's a few good reasons to care for your lawn.
Note that if you are growing a grass/wildflower lawn you probably shouldn't use any fertilizers. This is to benefit the wildflowers.
Avoids using the chemical fertilizers that contains poisonous weed killers,
Grows a thick lawn to keep the weeds and moss out,
Gives your grass the capacity to recover damaged areas quickly,
Grows strong healthy grass to keep disease away,
Grass grows with deep roots that are more tolerant of droughts,
A uniformly thick and green lawn1,
Last but not least - a full green colour of densely growing grass that's a pleasure to lie on.
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