If you apply fertilizer to your landscape in Australia it can help plants stay healthy and vibrant. There are many different types of fertilizers that work at different levels, but they all have some level of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Annuals, woody shrubs and perennials react very well to a good quality fertiliser.
The three most common types of commercial lawn fertilizers for home use include granular, liquid and slow-release. Using a balanced fertilizer that incorporates all of the major nutrients is ideal.
The potassium and phosphorus in many quick release fertilizers help plants grow until they are large enough to capture energy through photosynthesis. Nitrogen provides the growth element when combined with water, oxygen and sunlight.
Apply Fertilizer to Lawns
You can apply fertilizer yourself using granular fertilizer or a slow-release fertilizer that is easy to use and measure. There are other types of commercial fertilizers, but applying granular fertilizer by hand is probably the most common method for lawns in Australia.
Liquid fertilizer comes in containers that look like those used for bleach or laundry detergent (except they won’t have instructions for use ). Before using liquid fertilizer, you should shake the bottle to ensure that the chemical ingredients are mixed properly.
Slow-release fertilizers are also known as controlled-release or time-released fertilizers. They tend to be more expensive than other types of commercial fertilizer but they require less maintenance. Slow-release fertilizers may be easier to use in small spaces such as a traditional garden or container garden.
What is the best time to apply fertilizer?
You can apply fertilizer anytime between spring and autumn, but the ideal times are in early spring and late summer when growth is at its peak. It is important to note that applying too much fertilizer at one time can burn plants so you may want to apply it a little at a time until you get the hang of how plants respond (i.e. don’t burn your plants).
Popular fertilizer brands within Australia include Scotts Lawn Builder and Yates. These products are available at most retail stores, such as Bunnings or Mitre 10. For small fertilizer needs, you can also buy these products online from the Scotts website.