Things to Know Before Buying Lawn Feed
Using lawn feed is an excellent way to ensure we get that lush green lawn that we all want. It’s a goal that can otherwise be hard to achieve in the British climate!
Our lawns get waterlogged in winter and dry and parched in summer. We often get yellowing grass, moss and weeds that spoil the look of the lawn, too.
Luckily, if you choose the best lawn feed product for your garden, you’ll be able to give your lawn a helping hand whilst simultaneously fighting off weeds and moss.
The following advice will help you make an informed purchase when looking for the best lawn feed for your garden.
The Benefits of Using Lawn Feed
So, when it comes to using lawn feed. What’s in it for you?
It might seem like a lot of extra effort, to have to apply a treatment to your garden every few months to keep the grass looking nice.
But, it’s worth it. For example, do you spend a lot of time weeding your garden? Or scarifying and raking in an attempt to pull out stubborn moss? What if I told you that you could get a beautifully green lawn and kill weeds and moss all with just one product? And not only that, but with long-lasting results.
Well, that’s what lawn feed can do. Of course, there are some products which are just lawn food, and some which will also deal with weeds and/or moss. It’s up to you to choose which is most appropriate for your situation. But whatever you go with, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Value for Money
As we’ve seen in the reviews above, some products are sold in larger quantities than others.
For example, the Miracle-Gro Water Soluble Lawn Food will cover up to 400 m², whilst the Vitax Green Up Liquid Lawn Feed will cover 200 m², and the EverGreen Miracle-Gro Complete 4-in-1 Food 100 m².
To make sure you’re getting the best value for money, you need to consider a few things:
- How big is your lawn?
- How effective is the product?
- How much does the product cost?
Before buying any lawn feed, you may wish to measure your lawn so that you can find out how many m² it is. This way, you can work out how much product to buy, and how many applications it will last for.
If you’re not going to use the lawn feed very often, you might be able to get away with buying a smaller, less expensive packet. However, you’ll want to make sure that it is effective and long-lasting, like the Vitax Green Up Liquid Lawn Feed, otherwise you will need to re-apply it too frequently for it to be cost effective.
Similarly, you may consider paying slightly more for a very effective lawn feed which has long-lasting results. This might ultimately save money in the long run as you’ll have to use it less often.
Just Feed, or Feed and Weed Killer?
Lawn products come in two main types: lawn feed only, and lawn feed combined with weed killer.
The combined feed/weed formulas should only be applied twice a year; they will damage your garden if used more frequently. However, lawn feed alone can be applied more often: up to every two weeks during the growing season unless the weather is very hot and dry.
Therefore, you may wish to consider what is more of a priority for your lawn. If you’re looking for it to be vibrant and weed-free for the summer, applying a combination of lawn feed and weed killer in preparation will work wonders.
However, if the health of your lawn needs a bit more help than just a bi-annual feed application, you will probably want to choose a product without weed-killing properties.
That said, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to have a supply of both. That way, you can apply lawn feed + weed killer twice a year, but keep the grass topped up with lawn feed the rest of the time.
Choosing Liquid or Granular Formulas
The best lawn feed products come in either a liquid or granular formula.
Granular products can be applied by hand or with a spreader. You should check the manufacturer’s instructions as sometimes these are best applied to wet grass, and sometimes dry. This is one occasion when it’s a really good idea to heed the instructions (I know we all sometimes skip this step!), because misuse could result in scorched grass. The exact opposite of what we want to achieve!
- Can slowly release nutrients, allowing for longer-lasting results
- Needs to be applied carefully and can be more difficult to spread than liquid
- For best results apply with a spreader
- May scorch the grass if applied incorrectly
Liquid feeds need to be diluted with water. They should be applied to the lawn using a watering can with a fine rose or a liquid-fertilizer spreader.
- Time of application needs to be considered:
- Apply liquid formulas early in the morning, or in the evening. If it gets too hot then the formula will evaporate before it’s had time to be absorbed.
- Don’t apply if rain is scheduled as the rain will wash away the formula before it gets absorbed.
- A liquid formula will quickly penetrate the soil and get to the plants, whereas granules need to be broken down.
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