Lawn Care
everything for lawn care all in one place
providing dependable & original lawn tips since 2008
The Lawn Guide
Lawn Care Environment
Fertilisers can cause environmental damage

Environmental Impact Of Lawn Fertilisers

We often here stories about fertilisers damaging the environment. That we need to cut back on their use and so forth. So what's the deal and what is the truth about our use of fertilisers in lawn care.

The reasons for the use of fertilisers is covered in other articles, so in this article we'll stick to the environmental impact of their use.


It's True

Yes, the rumours are true, lawn fertilisers can be damaging to the environment, the nutrient in fertilisers responsible is Phosphorous, also known as Phosphate. When phosphate enters into river systems in large quantities, it promotes the massive algal blooms often seen on TV News reports.


Why Is Phosphate Used In Lawn Care

Phosphate is an essential nutrient for lawns and other plants, it is the nutrient most responsible for root growth and maintaining a healthy root system. As such, it remains an essential ingredient in fertilisers.


When Phosphate Becomes A Problem

The negative environmental impacts from Phosphate use occurs when the nutrient is mis-used. When fertilisers are used wrongly, such as when too much is applied at once, or applied too often, the excess fertiliser is simply washed away. Usually down storm water drains, into rivers, and into the water table.


Minimising The Environment Impact of Lawn Fertilisers

The best solution to this problem is to learn more about fertilisers and use them correctly in our lawn care, and in their correct amounts. With proper use, fertilisers will feed and nourish our lawns with the nutrients they need, with none to almost no excess run off.


Phosphate Free Fertilisers

LawnEnvironment
Use fertilisers responsibly

A wonderful new entry into the fertiliser market for the homeowner, is the addition of fertilisers with 0% Phosphate. These new fertilisers give the homeowner an opportunity to make an environmental decision they can be at ease with.

There are a few quality brands available offering this environmental choice, and when used, they provide quality results for our lawns. So just because one nutrient may be missing, doesn't mean results will be necessarily lowered. These fertilisers have been carefully put together to maximise quality returns to our lawns.

It is important to remember however, that lawns still need Phosphate, and while we can reduce its use considerably and be far more careful with its use, it is still a very wise idea to at least apply some Phosphate fertiliser in the year.


Use Fertilisers With Care

Phosphate is an essential nutrient to the health of our lawns.

While Phosphate Free Fertilisers are a great new friend, they are not our only friend, and they must be used in conjunction with fertilisers containing phosphate. Because we must keep up phosphate levels in our lawns and soils to ensure they remain healthy.


50 / 50 Lawn Care

  • In conclusion, a good mix between the two types of fertilisers is simply a 50/50 mix.
  • Use Phosphate Free for half of your annual fertilising requirements.
  • Use a Complete Fertiliser for the other half of of your annual fertilising regime.
  • And everyone can live a little happier, and a bit more relaxed, while following good lawn care practices and maintaining a beautiful lawn.





All content original and copyright
The Lawn Guide
Lawn Care Tips
you may also like one of
these lawn care articles...
General Lawn Care
IMAGE
The Fastest Way To Green A Lawn? The use of Ammonium Sulphate (or...
IMAGE
Buffalo Lawn Thatch 'New Content' When purchasing a new lawn, you may...
IMAGE
Winter Lawn Care Beautiful Winter Lawns Having a great looking lawn...
Lawn Repair
IMAGE
Improving Lawn Soil The soils underneath our lawns are more...
IMAGE
A bare patch caused by excessive shade Bare or Dead Lawn Patches...
IMAGE
Top Dressing Uneven Lawns The Problem Of Uneven Lawns Uneven lawns...
Lawn Watering
IMAGE
Correct retic sprinkler heights Lawn Sprinkler Heights Whether laying...
IMAGE
Watering too often Excessive Watering Of Lawns When we talk about...
IMAGE
Adjusting From Excessive Watering Reducing Excessive Water Usage We...
Lawn Mowing
IMAGE
Time To Mow Lawns Higher In Perth Perth and it's surrounding towns...
IMAGE
Mow Master Professional Lawn Edgers photo courtesy of Mow Master...
IMAGE
'New Content' By Kate Wall When it comes time to buy a mower we can...
Weeds | Pests | Diseases
IMAGE
Common Kikuyu Invading Buffalo Is Your Buffalo Really A Buffalo...
IMAGE
Mature Nutgrass How To Kill Nutgrass | Mullumbimby Couch For the sake...
IMAGE
Petty Spurge How To Kill Petty Spurge Petty Spurge is a common weed...
Lawn Varieties
IMAGE
Sterile Seed Head on MSK Male Sterile Kikuyu As the name suggests,...
IMAGE
Finding A Lawn Replacement There are many areas of our yards that...
IMAGE
Village green versus common Kikuyu photo courtesy of Village...
THE LAWN GUIDE ©


Lawn care covers everything to do with maintenance of lawns, including seasonal lawn care, lawn fertilising, lawn clippings, seeding & more
independent lawn care tips for australian lawns

Lawn Care Facts
Lawn Fact:
The old saying... "1 year of seeding equals 7 years of weeding" is TRUE. Seeds can stay in the ground for many years, only germinating a percentage each year. This ensures the survival of the plant species - where if conditions aren't right for it's survival this year - conditions will be right at some time in the next few years.
Professional lawn care videos sharing quality lawn care tips in an easy video format - click to watch
correct lawn watering and fertilising video
meanings to the most common terms
used in lawn care practices in australia
Lawn Care Expert
Respected Australian turf and plant breeder Todd Layt shares expert lawn care advice with lawn lovers
LINK TO THE LAWN GUIDE
Grab this image and link to Australia's original & favourite source of quality lawn care tips
THE BUFFALO LAWN CARE SITE
Lawn care tips for Australia's favourite shade grass
Organic lawn care advice to create environmental benefit from our lawns
IMAGE
Reducing The Environmental Impact Of Lawns Despite new modern attacks against lawns, every...
IMAGE
Top Organic Lawn Care Tips The goals of Organic Lawn Care are to naturally reduce the...
IMAGE
Low toxic natural methods to control ants Control Ants In The Lawn, Garden and Paving Ants can...
A low maintenance and environmentally friendly lawn for all warmer regions
IMAGE
Zoysia Grass Has Warm Origins Zoysia grasses all derive from warm and often tropical regions,...
IMAGE
Zoysia turf being harvested Buying Zoysia Around Australia Our work to help bring Zoysia...
IMAGE
Zoysia and Winter Are Not Good Friends The one single drawback which stops Zoysia being the...
Lawn care discussions and observations in a friendly blog format from The Lawn Guide
IMAGE
This is a media summary for the independent research which we reference on The Lawn Guide,...
IMAGE
As many people who have visited The Lawn Guide over the years, and since our first launch in...
IMAGE
Where Do Lawns Come From We're all very accustomed to our lawns these days, they seem to be...

Lawn Care Topics
the lawn guide ~ australia's leading source of quality lawn care information