How To Choose A Liquid Lawn Fertiliser

Written by Ian Thompson

Ian holds a Masters in Turf Management from Sydney University, has over 20 years experience working as a golf course Superintendent, turf manager, product formulation and development. We call him our resident Lawn genius.

Fertilisers are a key component of any lawn care regime to keep your lawn that beautiful deep green, which not only turns your neighbours’ heads but adds significant value to your property. In case that’s not enough, it also plays a big part in making your lawn nice and dense, preventing weeds and helping it fight off insects and disease. Whilst granular lawn fertilisers are the preferred method of many we thought it might be best to cover why concentrated liquid lawn fertilisers are quickly becoming the go-to for many lawn lovers.

Before we start

We’ve all thrown some granular lawn fertiliser around and it works well, so why change?

You don’t need to change – granules are great. That said, you should consider some of the benefits of including a liquid lawn fertiliser as part of your lawn care plan. Here are some of the reasons we love them:

Less water usage– with no need to water in your lawn fertiliser it’s just the water in the tank that gets used. That’s great if you have water restrictions, are on tank water, had a lot of rainfall or are just environmentally conscious.

More readily available nutrition– Granules in the soil need to be broken down into plant available nutrition and then taken up by the roots before things start happening, this does work well, but it’s faster if you spray straight on the leaf.

Less concern over soil pH– Soil pH can impact the availability of nutrients in the soil, so bypassing the soil and going straight into the leaf is a good way of getting nutrition into the plant until you can improve your soil pH. 

Nutrient leaching– Very relevant in this current La Nina climate, nutrients are taken up from the soil in water, this means they are easily moved in the water. Rain events can move soil nutrition away from where it needs to be. Applying to the leaf the product offers absorption within hours, so the risk of being washed away is far less. 

Can be mixed with other liquids for combination products– Ask the Lawn Genius about what can be mixed together, mixing liquid lawn fertilisers with other products like herbicides, growth regulators and even insecticides is a great way to get more than one job done in a single application.

Getting started

Selecting the right liquid lawn fertiliser

Great results start with great products. Of cause all our products are great (we’re a little biased) but selecting the right liquid lawn fertiliser for the task is the best place to start.

The LawnPlay Range

LawnPlay Enhance– It enhances your lawn with nitrogen and iron helps build a deep green colour in your lawn very quickly. Perfect for lifting your lawn game.

LawnPlay Pronto– Pronto contains nitrogen in a form that is readily available to the plant, so it’s off and moving quickly.

LawnPlay Seavial– A seaweed product that helps boost the strength of the lawn, aiding in its survival during times of stress. Now, while not technically a ‘fertiliser’ because it doesn’t contain nutrition, it has some great benefits and can be applied in the same way as liquid lawn fertilisers.  

The Lawnganic Range

Lawnganics Nourish– Provides general plant nutrition and forms the base of an organic liquid lawn program. Use from Spring to Autumn.

Lawnganics Vitalise– A bit of complex chemistry here, but basically we decided which plant processes we really liked and built a product that supercharged them giving the plant extra strength.

Lawnganics Brilliance– An organic lawn greener that gives great colour by providing the chlorophyll building blocks of zinc and iron.

Lawnganics Roots– This product is all about root development and should be used when Nourish is dropped from the program, so through the cooler period.

Hopefully, that has helped you select the right lawn fertiliser to get the results you are after.

Measuring your lawn

Measuring your lawn to ensure the right amount of liquid lawn fertiliser is applied is a critical step. 

It is worth getting it right so you can avoid reapplying (if you had applied too little) or causing damage by applying too much.

We do love a “Genius Tip” at The Lawn Shed, so don’t run out with your tape measure and try to do try to remember who that Pythagoras guy was. Google Earth is a great tool for measuring your lawn and garden areas (you will need Google Chrome or to download the app).

Simply zoom into your lawn, click on the ruler tool on the left and then click little dots around the edge of your lawn. Once you’ve gone all the way around double click the original dot and you’ve got your lawn size. The more you zoom in, the more accurate you can be.  

Calculating your product and water required

It’s not as scary as it sounds, there’s no calculus involved in this one and nothing about pies…

Simply take your lawn size, divide it by 100, then multiply it by your usage rate.

E.g. Lawn Size- 80m2

Lawn Fertiliser rate- 200ml/100m2

80/100= 0.8

0.8 * 200 = 160ml to be applied over the whole lawn

Now you need some water to go with that product. We recommend correctly calibrating your sprayer but if you can’t simply measure out a 100m2 area and see how much water you use. For this example, we have taken 5L as the amount of water used per 100m2. It’s a pretty typical rate for many sprayers.

Again we take our area and divide it by 100 before we times it by our water rate


0.8*5L = 4L

4L to be applied over the whole lawn.

So we would end up with a total 4L mix, that’s 3.84L of water, 160ml of product.

Now, the soil is an ever-changing organism so you don’t feel the need to be exact, but use the math to get you in the ballpark.

One last thing before you get spraying

When was the last time you used your sprayer? We’re often so keen to get the job done so we quickly add water and product without taking the time to do a quick pre-check on our sprayer. 

Take the time, add a little water and prime (that means pressurise it by pumping) the sprayer. While at full pressure you can check for leaks. Another Lawn Genius Tip is to spray onto some dry concrete, this will give you a good view of the nozzle distribution, not just width but also the quality of the coverage, including any blockages.

Applying the product

Why a high-quality sprayer is a good idea

Last time we looked at sprayers suitable for lawn and garden ranged from about $15 to $300. So it’s fair to say there are some differences in quality and longevity. The money you need to spend on a sprayer will depend on how often you use it, we get it, you need to see the value returned. 

Concentrated liquid products like lawn fertilisers, insecticides, herbicides and many more offer far better value for money than ready to use products so we think investing in a great quality sprayer that lasts ends up being cheaper in the not too long term.

As a minimum, we recommend getting a battery sprayer. Batteries continue to improve and what battery sprayers do is maintain consistent pressure, which means consistent water output and consistent product application. We love consistency because we don’t want green and yellow patches in our lawn, right?

As a bit of an add on, because we like to make things easier. If your lawn is on the larger size (lucky you) then a 2-nozzle boom is a great product to help with speed and even application, it cuts the job in half. Just make sure to check for compatibility with the boom and sprayer as it’s important to make sure you have adequate pressure and flow to run an extra nozzle.

Let’s get spraying that liquid lawn fertiliser

Start by doing any odd-shaped areas and perimeter first. It’s a bit like “cutting in” when painting, start with all those awkward areas and then you can fill in the areas not done with a broader approach. Once completed, if you accidentally applied to any paths or any garden plants then give it a quick wash and you’re good.

Watering in

Always follow the label (there’s some good stuff on there), but for our lawn fertiliser range there is no need to water in if the temperature is below 35 degrees. Simply allow to dry and it’s safe to get back out and play.

Hopefully, this article gives you the confidence to get out and give your lawn the liquid feed it needs to up your lawn game. If you have any questions or concerns about what you have read here, don’t hesitate to contact The Lawn Genius to learn more.

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