It is often said that the best things in life are free and natural fertilisers for your lawn are definitely one of them. Besides the old blood and bone, did you know encouraging insects and animals into your garden can naturally fertilise and nourish your lawn? It's true, not all insects and animals are welcome in your garden, but the beneficial ones bring more to the table than just a bit of biodiversity.
Keep reading to discover all the natural fertilisers you wish you had known about for your garden and lawn.
Some unexpected and natural ways to fertilise your lawn
Insects and animals are essential in fertilising gardens through various natural processes. Here are some ways they contribute to the fertility of your garden and ways you can encourage them to do a good job of it.
1. Decomposition and nutrient cycling- worm poo
When earthworms, insects and other soil-dwelling organisms eat organic matter, they poo and pee nutrient-rich substances back into the soil that feeds your lawn.
Using these animals to accelerate the decomposition process of fallen leaves, dead grass, and other organic matter means your lawn will get continuous nutrient injections. Bet you are reconsidering that worm farm now!
To get insects and animals to help your garden grow, make it a friendly place to live. Plant various flowering plants, give them shelter and water, and use chemical pesticides as little as possible. Keeping your garden's ecosystem in balance helps the natural processes that support fertility and the health of the environment as a whole.
2. Compost- more poo
Composting doesn't have to be a smelly business. In fact, the more insects and worms you have to eat your compost, the faster it breaks down into the good stuff that doesn't smell, well almost.
Once the bugs and worms have done their job eating and excreting, you will be left with a rich mix of poop that resembles lovely black soil. Take a good amount of this black gold and spread it all over your lawn (1-2 inches thick). Gently use a rake to spread it evenly throughout, and your fertilising is done!
This process is much faster if you have been busily feeding your worms for some time and they have reproduced consistently. The more life you have in your compost, the faster your fertiliser is produced.
3. Compost tea- just add water
We love this idea, you should seriously consider it if you are short on time.
Compost tea sounds revolting, but it is just a bit of compost soaked in water for 24 to 48 hours in the shade. You mix this tea occasionally for aeration, pop it in a spray bottle or pour it directly from the bucket over your lawn and garden. Amounts depend on the area you need to cover.
4. Grass clippings
Don't remove the grass trimmings from your lawn after mowing. They decompose rapidly, enriching the soil with nutrients like nitrogen. Easy and rather affordable!
Spreading well-rotted animal manure from a cow or a horse on your lawn will give it a fantastic nutrient boost. But it will be on the nose. To prevent the grass from being scorched, the manure must be adequately composted, so make sure you put your worms and insects to work!
6. Coffee grounds
Coffee drinkers, pay attention!
Coffee grounds are high in nitrogen and can be sprinkled on your lawn as an effective fertiliser for your grass or garden.
Bonus: Coffee grounds also help to repel pests like slugs and snails.
Dried seaweed, or even seaweed extract, has a ton of nutrients and trace minerals, making it a very effective fertiliser for your lawn. Both forms can be added to water and sprayed or poured directly onto your grass and garden.
If all else fails...
Natural fertilisers are great, but there are times when they aren't enough, or it takes too long to see results. If you want a high-quality lawn fertiliser that is simple to apply and produces visible results quickly, we can suggest a few options.
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