What is the difference between granular fertiliser and liquid fertiliser?

Granular and liquid fertiliser are two common types of nutrient additives used for lawn care, each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Understanding the differences between them can help you choose the right one for your lawn care needs.

Granular fertilisers are dry, solid fertilisers that come in a variety of sizes and shapes. They are typically applied to lawns with a spreader and release their nutrients slowly over time as they dissolve. Granular fertilisers are generally easier to apply and require less frequent applications than liquid fertilisers. They tend to be more effective during the warmer months when the lawn is active and taking up more nutrients from the soil. If you have pets it is important to ensure the granules are watered in thoroughly so that pets cannot consume them.

Another point to note is that granular fertilisers containing iron should be cleared off any hard surfaces prior to being watered in to ensure there is no staining.

Liquid fertilisers are applied to lawns with a sprayer. They are fast-acting and quickly absorbed by the grass, making them an excellent choice for lawns that need a quick boost of nutrients. Liquid fertilisers also offer more control over the amount of fertiliser being applied, allowing for more precise application and less waste. They are more effective than granular in winter when applied foliar and absorbed through the leaf of the grass.

As with granular it is important to avoid spraying any liquid fertiliser with iron onto hard surfaces as it can stain.

When it comes to choosing between granular and liquid fertilisers, there are a few key factors to consider. Granular fertilisers are a better choice for larger lawns because they can be applied more quickly and efficiently with a spreader. They are also better suited for slowly releasing nutrients over time, which is ideal for maintaining a healthy lawn over a longer period.

On the other hand, liquid fertilisers are a better choice for smaller lawns that need a quick boost of nutrients. They are also more suitable for lawns that have specific nutrient deficiencies or other issues that require a more targeted approach.

Ultimately, the choice between granular and liquid fertilisers will depend on your lawn care needs and preferences. Both types of fertilisers can be effective when used correctly and for the enthusiast a combination of the two is often the best option.

If you have any questions or need advice about your specific lawn needs please feel free to get in touch!

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