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Spring Tonic for Winterised Lawns

Sulphate of Iron - Soluble IronThe winter months are hard month for lawns and turf, especially after any prolonged period of snow and frost.  It is always nice to see a green lawn over the winter but trying to achieve that result without the use of lawn fertiliser is a little hard to do.

Help is at hand in the shape of Sulphate of Iron, Iron Sulphate as it is also called, an active ingredient of Lawn Sand. Iron Sulphate will provide some much needed colour to your turf in the almost dormant grass growing months and the effect of application will provide a much need boost to 'lift' the lawn and it's colour when help is needed most.

Watching the Six Nations rugby over the past month, it was very evident to see the respective Turf Managers at each rugby venue had quickly managed to make an application of soluble iron to their pitch ahead of the television cameras rolling in. The pitches looked fantastic. It is all cosmetic effect with some hidden benefits for the turf to make the pitch look great under the massive floodlights and camera.

You can do the same for your lawn - big and small and help retard a little moss growth in the process, as sulphate of iron will retard moss activity in the lawn. You could make an application of and autumn and winter lawn fertiliser, one that has a little iron or Fe in it – 2 or 3 percent will do the trick.

Iron can be applied as a granule, or as a foliar spray. Iron will produce a really rapid green up. Only some Iron products have the added benefit of moss control and they are not to be confused. For chlorophyll synthesis – the level of iron available to the plant influences turf grass colour. Discolouration may occur when there is a deficiency of this element.

It has been proven that available iron improves the autumn and winter colour of some turf grass species, and tends to reduce the effects of cold temperature. In fact, many fertilizer mixtures now have a small amount of iron added for these reasons.
Iron helps reduce respiration processes and enhances root development when applied prior to periods of stress, particularly in the plants that have ample available nitrogen.

Turf grasses are considered to be tolerant of low iron availability. Iron is the micronutrient that is most commonly deficient in turf. This deficiency is usually the result of insolubility rather than an absence of the element in the soil. The solubility of iron decreases as soil pH increases

Soils that may have accumulated amounts of phosphorus, such as sand constructions, tend to produce turf grasses that show iron deficiency symptoms. Add liquid seaweed and iron to eradicate.

Soil that are alkaline, high in organic matter or thatch content and/or waterlogged may have an iron deficiency.

Buy Soluble Sulphate of Iron in a handy 10 Kg resealable bucket

Read about Moss Control in Lawns using Sulphate of Iron

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