Winter has been tough on a lot of Brisbane lawns this year. Even my lawn has dry patches and yellowing, and while I've enjoyed the break from mowing over these cooler months – I think it is time to get the lawn back to Garden Guru standards! Spring is just around the corner and we are lucky to have this beautiful rain this weekend, a great time to get out and fertilise. Most lawn fertilisers require “wetting in” and it is especially important for stressed lawns.
So which fertiliser to choose? There are a few considerations.
Organic or Chemical?
Chemical fertilisers can be specifically formulated and cover the full spectrum of nutrients required. They are, however, really strong. Stressed lawns can respond poorly to chemicals if they are not adequately watered on application. A really good chemical fertiliser, such as CK88 would be the perfect choice for the type of damage winter has caused our lawns this year – but if you don't have time to ensure it is really well watered in over the next couple of days, it can backfire.
Alternatively, organic fertilisers won't burn your lawn as readily, and while initial wetting in is recommended, it is not as important. Organic fertilisers, such as Organic Booster, also provide slower release of nutrients, more consistent with the needs of the grass. The trade off? Organic fertilisers tend to have an unpleasant odour that will last for at least 2 weeks post-application. If you don't mind the smell, you can save time (from watering), stress (knowing it wont burn your grass) and money with the organic choice.
Still on the fence? You can get the best of both worlds with an organic based fertiliser than uses chemicals to balance the nutrient deficit, such as Eco88. Or with a specific granular fertilisers such as Sir Walter Fertiliser, Sir Launcher, and Scotts Lawn Fertiliser which provide practically odourless lawn support for a little more outlay. Still be prepared to water it initially, or make use of the rainy weather this weekend!