Feed your lawn

Feeding a lawn is crucial to its health, colour, thickness, and ability to fight off disease. Find out why and how you should feed your lawn with helpful hints from Essex turf and topsoil supplier, Paynes Turf.

feed your lawn

Why apply an autumn lawn feed?

The application of an autumn feed will do wonders for the appearance of your lawn and help to protect it from the harsh conditions of the upcoming winter. It’s best applied at the start of autumn but can be applied up until November. If you feed your lawn early enough in the season it will provide essential nutrients to the roots of the grass and also help to fight off diseases (such as Fusarium patch) which can be prevalent during the cold, wet winter months. In addition, feeding a lawn during the autumn months also helps to give the lawn a growth boost in the spring.

What does an autumn feed contain?

  • Phosphate – an ingredient that is essential for helping to strengthen the roots of grass
  • Potassium – helps to harden the grass leaves and protect them against winter diseases
  • Magnesium – helps to give the lawn a healthy colour
  • Slow release nitrogen – feeds the lawn over a 10-12 week period
  • Iron Sulphate – helps to control the appearance of moss, which may have formed over the summer months

Important! A product labelled ‘autumn lawn feed’ should only be applied during the autumn months, so don’t be tempted to use any leftover feed that you may have during the spring as it will encourage slow growth and thicken up the grass blades.

When to apply autumn lawn feed

Where possible, aim to feed your lawn after rainfall, as the feed granules will quickly dissolve into the soil before they are picked up by the lawnmower.