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What's The Best Fertiliser For Your Lawn? What makes one fertiliser better than the others?

Avoid any fertiliser that isn't slow release. If it doesn't say slow release then don't use it. Why? It's just a waste of your money. Avoid using standard chemical fertilisers too like No17, or fertilisers that claim to be great or premium that do not have the words slow release in them. They'll dissolve quickly when watered and can be used up in days. Think about it. Would you rather pay for a fertiliser that lasts for days, or months. 

Let's say the slow release costs 35% more. Eg; the average fertiliser costs around$19.80, whilst the slow release costs $30.00. In this case, the slow release is worth nearly 8-10 times as much as the normal fertiliser because it lasts 8-10 times longer. If slow release fertiliser lasts 8-10 times longer, shouldn't it cost 8-10 times more? Based on the cost of normal fertiliser, the slow release should be $198. Luckily, it's much cheaper.

The quick release ones will wash through your lawn, which is wasteful and bad for the environment and the excess fertiliser can end up in storm water. They can burn your lawn badly if they are not watered in. Slow release types will not burn. What about organic fertilisers? They're better, but they also release quicker than slow release, usually 4 to 6 times faster. They still wash into storm water, and they are bulky and expensive when calculating price to longevity.

Review on slow release fertilisers.
Slow release fertilisers will not burn your lawn. They will hardly ever wash into storm water and they last usually between 2 to 3 months. Best of all, they are by far the most economical when you consider they fertilise you lawn continually for 3 months; 10 times better value than a standard fertiliser.

What types are available?

Yates Lawn Master (Slow Release Fertiliser): A good formulation with a reasonably high level of nitrogen, and ideal for spring fertilising. For summer and autumn it has a high level of Nitrogen, so if you use it at these times, make sure you use it at the lower end rates. Use it at the higher end rates in spring. It lasts between 2 to 3 month and is good value, often being able to be bought at Bunnings or other retail outlets.

Scotts Lawn Builder (Slow Release Fertiliser): Similar to Yates Lawn master. Also a good formulation for spring with its high nitrogen level. For summer and autumn it has a high level of Nitrogen, so if you use it at these times make sure you use it at the lower end rates, whilst in spring use it at the higher end rates. It lasts between 2 to 3 months and is good value, often being able to be bought at Bunnings or other retail outlets.

Ozbreed Spring Blend (Slow Release Fertiliser): This is similar to the other two types listed. Also a good formulation for spring with its high Nitrogen level. Ozbreed does not recommend this one for summer or autumn, as they have a blend specially formulated for those times of the year. If you must use it in summer or autumn, lower the rates like the other fertilisers described above. It lasts between 2 to 3 months, and is good value. Only available online or from turf growers.

Ozbreed Summer/Autumn Blend (Slow Release Fertiliser): This has lower Nitrogen in comparison to Potassium. Potassium levels are higher, which is needed for good root, stolon and rhizome development in summer and autumn. In comparison to the other slow release fertilisers, this is the stand out for this time of year. It is not recommended for spring, as the Nitrogen levels are a little low, although you could still use it in a pinch. This again will not burn your lawn and will last about 2 to 3 months and is good value. It is available online only or through turf growers.

What fertilisers have you used and how were your results?


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Post Re: What's The Best Fertiliser For Your Lawn? | A Review
rx2 wrote:
What's The Best Fertiliser For Your Lawn? What makes one fertiliser better than the others?

Avoid any fertiliser that isn't slow release. If it doesn't say slow release then don't use it. Why? It's just a waste of your money. Avoid using standard chemical fertilisers too like No17, or fertilisers that claim to be great or premium that do not have the words slow release in them. They'll dissolve quickly when watered and can be used up in days. Think about it. Would you rather pay for a fertiliser that lasts for days, or months. 

Let's say the slow release costs 35% more. Eg; the average fertiliser costs around$19.80, whilst the slow release costs $30.00. In this case, the slow release is worth nearly 8-10 times as much as the normal fertiliser because it lasts 8-10 times longer. If slow release fertiliser lasts 8-10 times longer, shouldn't it cost 8-10 times more? Based on the cost of normal fertiliser, the slow release should be $198. Luckily, it's much cheaper.

The quick release ones will wash through your lawn, which is wasteful and bad for the environment and the excess fertiliser can end up in storm water. They can burn your lawn badly if they are not watered in. Slow release types will not burn. What about organic fertilisers? They're better, but they also release quicker than slow release, usually 4 to 6 times faster. They still wash into storm water, and they are bulky and expensive when calculating price to longevity.

Review on slow release fertilisers.
Slow release fertilisers will not burn your lawn. They will hardly ever wash into storm water and they last usually between 2 to 3 months. Best of all, they are by far the most economical when you consider they fertilise you lawn continually for 3 months; 10 times better value than a standard fertiliser.

What types are available?

Yates Lawn Master (Slow Release Fertiliser): A good formulation with a reasonably high level of nitrogen, and ideal for spring fertilising. For summer and autumn it has a high level of Nitrogen, so if you use it at these times, make sure you use it at the lower end rates. Use it at the higher end rates in spring. It lasts between 2 to 3 month and is good value, often being able to be bought at Bunnings or other retail outlets.

Scotts Lawn Builder (Slow Release Fertiliser): Similar to Yates Lawn master. Also a good formulation for spring with its high nitrogen level. For summer and autumn it has a high level of Nitrogen, so if you use it at these times make sure you use it at the lower end rates, whilst in spring use it at the higher end rates. It lasts between 2 to 3 months and is good value, often being able to be bought at Bunnings or other retail outlets.

Ozbreed Spring Blend (Slow Release Fertiliser): This is similar to the other two types listed. Also a good formulation for spring with its high Nitrogen level. Ozbreed does not recommend this one for summer or autumn, as they have a blend specially formulated for those times of the year. If you must use it in summer or autumn, lower the rates like the other fertilisers described above. It lasts between 2 to 3 months, and is good value. Only available online or from turf growers.

Ozbreed Summer/Autumn Blend (Slow Release Fertiliser): This has lower Nitrogen in comparison to Potassium. Potassium levels are higher, which is needed for good root, stolon and rhizome development in summer and autumn. In comparison to the other slow release fertilisers, this is the stand out for this time of year. It is not recommended for spring, as the Nitrogen levels are a little low, although you could still use it in a pinch. This again will not burn your lawn and will last about 2 to 3 months and is good value. It is available online only or through turf growers.

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What fertilisers have you used and how were your results?


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