Established landscape feeding guide

Lawn feeding Guide

Lawn Fertilizing (per m2)

Late winter or Spring Treatment

  • Organic Fertilizer:
    80g Vita Grow 2:3:2(16) broadcast over established lawns to condition roots and ensure good knit.
  • Carbon Soil Conditioner:
    250ml Urban Farms Earthworm Castings (humus) as a lawn dressing.

Summer Treatment

  • Organic Fertilizer:
    40g Vita Green 5:1:5(16) over established lawns to green leaves.
  • Carbon Soil Conditioner:
    250ml Urban Farms Earthworm Castings (humus).

Autumn Treatment

  • Organic Fertilizer:
    40g Vita Green 5:1:(16) over established lawns to green leaves.
  • Carbon Soil Conditioner:
    250ml Urban Farms Earthworm Castings (humus).

Direction for Application

As above in Spring, Summer & Autumn
Mix into soil if re-potting, or dig into potting soil where possible

  • For turf in good condition
    Apply either Vita Veg 6:3:4(16), or Vita Green 5:1:5(16) at 350 to 500 kg per ha (35 to 50 g per m²). The Vita Veg 6:3:4(16) is preferable if root, leaf and knit of lawn is not strong and bare patches should be covered.
  • For lawn maintenance:
    Apply the Vita Grow 2:3:2(16) in Autumn and Vita Green 5:1:5 late Winter or early Spring and repeat in Summer at a rate of between 30 to 40 g per m².
  • For new installations:
    Apply Vita Grow 2:3:2 (16), at an application rate of 100 g per m², Urban Farms Earthworm Castings at 250ml and 2 kg per m² compost before seeding or laying turf and till into the soil.

Tips for organic lawn care

  • Mow lawn just before application of fertilizer, and follow application with a light watering to settle fertilizer onto soil service.
  • It is good mowing practice late winter or early spring season to alternate between removing the clippings and dropping the clippings, as the clippings will form a natural mulch and will be composting the soil. This reduces quantities of top dressing or compost resulting in significant cost savings.

Using Talborne Organic Fertilizer

To grow healthy plants, trees or turf, it is essential to have a balanced soil with the major, macro and minor nutrients available to the plants. The soils in South Africa are naturally
deficient, weathered and ancient soils. It is therefore necessary to replace or supplement with organic fertilizers. The application rate of fertilizer depends on the soil fertility and
structure. A sandy soil will require a higher application rate.

Talborne Organic fertilizers are certified organic inputs, which confirm their environmental and green credentials.

  • They do not contain synthetic chemical fertilizers.
  • They do not burn lawns, shrubs or plants when correctly applied.
  • They are not water-soluble, so fertiliser release is sustained over a 4-month period.
  • They are not soluble salt-based fertilizers so do not cause water pollution.
  • We encourage you to also feed plants in autumn or winter. As the fertilizer is released by microbial activity, the plants select the nutrients required for their requirements. Whereas nitrogen from synthetic fertiliser is forced into the plant through osmotic pressure (salts) thereby leading to soft leaf and tissue growth which is vulnerable to cold and frost damage in winter.

Using Talborne Organic Fertilizer

All fertilizers are chemical. Nutrition of plants, animals and humans is chemistry in action. The distinction is these chemicals from natural sources (organic) or manmade (synthetic) as this will differentiate their effect on the soil.

Organic Fertilizers

Organic Fertilizers are created by nature, usually waste recycled from living systems (plants, animals or manures). They are built on a carbon structure and would not have been radically altered from their natural state, for example they might have been composted, sterilized, milled or blended for consumer acceptance. Nutrients are released by microbes and plant exudes, and is therefore not easily lost through leaching.

Synthetic Fertilizer

Although some are obtained from natural mineral deposits their chemistry is altered through acid treatment to make unavailable plant nutrients accessible to plants e.g. superphosphate. Others are waste products of the petrochemical industry which are purified and the nutrient is bound to a carrier salt to make it water soluble and therefore an artificial compound. Nutrients are supplied to plants though a water-soluble solution.