Your grass craves periodic feedings, and it is best to meet this need for periodic feedings by fertilizing lawns with "slow-release" products. Because these products release their nutrients over time, rather than all at once, fertilizing lawns with them allows the grass to "eat" at its own leisure. As nutrients are released, the root system of your grass fills in any bare patches, depriving weed seeds of a place to germinate. To produce a lush, dark green, quality lawn, a regular programme of fertilisation is essential to replace the nutrients lost from regular cutting, develop a strong healthy sward and build up resistance to drought and disease. New horizon Lawn-care use specialist fertilisers only available to professionals which feature advanced coating technology. This enables the fertiliser to be released over time and prevents both surge growth and burn that can come from ‘off the shelf’ fertilisers.
There are many nutrients that the grass plant requires but there are 3 key nutrients that most lawn and turf areas require to remain healthy.
These 3 nutrients that a lawn fertiliser should contain are Nitrogen (N), Phosphates (P) and Potash (K), all three being essential for a healthy and vigorous lawn. It is these nutrients that we shall cover on this page. We shall look at the role and their importance to the grass plant of these nutrients in a little more detail.
Nitrogen is important for plant growth and it gives the leaf it's deep green colour. It is the most important of the 3 main nutrients in a lawn fertiliser as it is readily used up by the plant and is leached through the soil more than the others. Used in the spring when the temperature rises, it helps to kick-start and maintains growth going into summer. It should not be used in large quantities during the autumn and winter months as it could lead to a fungal disease attack, particularly Fusarium disease. Fusarium can be quite severe in the winter so it is essential not to put a heavy nitrogen application on later than late August / early September.
TThe main reason for applying phosphates is to produce a healthy and vigorous root system. This encourages earlier growth come spring time and a healthier lawn in the summertime. Although it is more readily available than nitrogen within the root zone it may still be beneficial to apply once a season
The main role of potash is to harden the plant, helps make the plant less susceptible to drought and helps with plant metabolism. Potash is important during the autumn and winter months as it helps with disease resistance.
New Horizon can start to improve your lawn at any time of the year. We have a series of maintenance programmes for you to choose all programmes can be adapted for any specific additional services that your lawn may require at a price to suit your budget.
- Programme 1 (4 visits)
March to May - One visit to fertilise the whole lawn with mini granules using “no scorch - slow release" technology to improve the colour and density of the grass and encourage strong growth.
May to July - A further treatment of mini granular lawn fertiliser is applied, at the same time a selective liquid weed killer will be applied.
July to September - A treatment of mini granular lawn fertiliser and another selective liquid weed treatment are applied.
September to February - The application of a moss controller.
- Programme 2 (5 visits) Programme 1 plus one extra visit to scarify the lawn to remove thatch.
- Programme 3 (5 visits) Programme 1 plus one extra visit to scarify and aerate the lawn.
- Programme 4 (7 visits) Programme 1 plus one extra visit to scarify and aerate the lawn, one further visit to scarify the lawn to remove thatch and one extra fertiliser treatment.
It doesn’t cost the earth
The cost can actually work out cheaper than doing it for yourself. We will quote according to the size of your lawn, with the cost per square metre.
Following a treatment of specialised fertilisers you can expect to see your grass change within 7 to 10 days, dependant on weather conditions.