Grasses make their own food through the process of photosynthesis.
There is a common misconception that the fertiliser itself is the food for your plant. We in the industry also commonly refer to feeding the grass or to fertiliser as lawn food. But in actual fact, grasses make their own food through the process of photosynthesis.
With carbon dioxide, water, chlorophyll and energy from the sun, the grass will produce glucose and release oxygen into the atmosphere. The purpose of the carbohydrates that grass produces is to build and maintain its structural components and to provide the necessary energy for plant growth.
Lawns release Oxygen into the atmosphere through the process of photosynthesis
The issue for our lawns is there is usually a lack of the required nutrients it needs in the soil. This is due to the fact that our grasses are not originally from the exact same soil conditions we experience in our yards. As a result, we need to supplement the existing nutrient levels, so we can achieve a balance of all the nutrients your lawn needs to stay in top shape.
Lawns cool themselves and their surroundings, reducing home cooling needs
When your lawn is looking a little worse for wear, is lacking in colour and looks as though it could do with a feed, Lawn fertiliser will provide your lawn with the nutrients it is lacking, helping to feed the grass roots and promote growth.
Spring is a great time to fertilise your lawn, but more specifically later in spring. Your lawn will need to protect itself during the hottest periods of summer. So, if you fertilise before the heat of summer begins when the grass is growing at its quickest, you will help your grass prepare for the heat ahead.
Finding a balance
Different turf varieties require different amounts of fertiliser and nitrogen, so contact your local Lawn Solutions Australia turf supplier for the specific requirements for your turf variety.
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