A starter fertilizer can be applied directly to the soil before laying the sod. This fertilizer is high in Phosphorus (the middle number in the ratio 21-27-5) and will help in establishing the root systems. A great product for a starter fertilizer is Keg River Starter Fertilizer. A 6.5kg package of Keg River Starter Fertilizer will cover 433 square meters (4650 square feet). Be sure to use a broadcaster fertilizer spreader and to apply the fertilizer evenly, as opposed to a ‘drop’ spreader type which can result in uneven distribution. (Follow the directions on the package).
After about four to six weeks, you can start a regular fertilizing program with a product that has a higher Nitrogen ratio (the first number in the ratio), such as Keg River Ultra Lawn Food (29-4-6). This type of fertilizer will help your lawn in a number of ways:
This 8kg package will cover 465 square meters (5000 square feet). Continue this program until mid August.
In September an application can be done of high potassium fertilizer (12-8-16) to help prepare your lawn for the winter months.
Come and visit us at the Garden Centre for fertilizer selection!
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