The grass plant obtains most of it’s nutrients from the soil, and these nutrients act as the raw materials for energy providers (sunlight, water and carbon dioxide) which together allow the plant to produce it’s leaves and roots. Nutrients can be lost from the soil in a domestic lawn in the following ways:
- The collection and removal of grass clippings
- Some nutrients (particularly Nitrogen) are easily leached through
- Compaction and heavy use may reduce uptake and thus recycling back to the soil in plant residues
At Grasshopper Lawncare we believe a fertiliser input of major nutrients based on this ratio makes great scientific sense and keeps a lawn in good order without resorting to excessive use of Nitrogen. Too much Nitrogen can keep a lawn looking very green, but in the long run can make the plant susceptible to disease, shallow rooting and ultimately less healthy.
Our fertilisers contain varying levels of N, P & K dependant on the season. In no instance do we use fertilisers which would scorch your lawn or require any watering in. Unlike many of our competitors we are always happy to discuss with our customers exactly what ingredients our fertilisers contain and why. The way fertiliser releases its nutrients is as important as the nutrients themselves. Slow release fertilisers have been available for a long time. Where appropriate we use the most recent varieties which rely predominately on temperature rather than moisture to control their rates of release. This has huge benefits to the grass and the environment.
We are constantly researching and evaluating products and methods which will better enable the creation of healthy lawns. Fertiliser is an essential element of that, but we also need to be mindful of the other elements of every lawns treatment programme. Even the best fertilisers cannot perform well in a sustainable manner if cultural conditions are a major impediment. This is why a complete lawn treatment programme does not rely on fertiliser alone!
For some more detailed information please visit our Turf Nutrition page.