How to Apply

How to Apply Our Fertiliser

Learn how to apply Dusty Clay’s geographically-blended Smart Release fertiliser to produce the best results for your grass, crops and garden. Our Smart Release fertiliser, although uniquely developed for your soil, works like most other Smart Release fertilisers on the market.

An inexpensive hand-held or wheeled fertiliser spreader is all you need. You could always simply toss around a small amount of fertiliser using a bucket or measuring cup, going around your garden in a uniform fashion.

As always, our friendly team are here available for contact via email or phone, and we’ve got a list of FAQs available here.


Why Fertilise My Grass?

Fertilising your grass results in less water usage and better-looking grass. If you’ve got a species of grass that doesn’t seem to grow well in Winter, using a Smart-Release fertiliser tailored to your soil not only improves turf quality, root growth and colour but it also builds cold resistance into your grass. They’re also great for some TLC after harsh conditions – adding a quick top coat of fertiliser after a party on your lawn ensures it stays in great shape after being trodden on all night.

Our fertiliser helps grasses choke out undesirable species, like weeds and clovers. Continuously spraying weeds will kill them, but it doesn’t prevent the problem from coming back, whereas flourishing grass will minimise the likelihood for a weed outbreak.

How Often Should I Fertilise?

The frequency of your fertilising will depend on your garden’s state of health. You’ll also need to factor in whether certain areas receive different shade and rainfall. Generally, we recommend applying a Smart-Release fertiliser twice in Summer, as well as a foliar fertiliser during the rainfall period (January – February). From there, look at applying another coating of foliar fertiliser or Smart Release fertiliser leading into Winter to make sure the health of your grass is in tip-top shape before there’s little sunshine.

My Grass looks Dead, What Should I Do?

When you’ve got grass that’s dying, it’s important to address it fast; grass can usually be recovered and made to look a million bucks again quite easily. Re-applying seeds in loosened soil becomes necessary when you’ve actually got dead patches. If you’ve just re-applied some seeds or are trying to revive your dying grass, we recommend the following steps:

  1. Spray the grass or seed with water and expose it to sunlight. Make sure not to drown it – but give it a good soaking and then regular watering.
  2. As soon as you’ve noticed growth, apply fertiliser. Visible growth means the water has reached the root structure. Make sure the soil is still damp before applying fertiliser for maximum effectiveness.
  3. Keep watering it gradually. After a week since the initial fertilising, inspect your soil to see if it’s staying moist. We recommend using a tool, like a screwdriver, to see if the soil is still hard (which means it’s dry) down to 10cm below before continuing to the next step. In between watering’s it should be moderately damp between 5-10cm below, but not sloppy on the surface.
  4. In a few weeks apply a coat of foliar fertiliser once the grass has gotten to a healthy state, with soft soil about 5-10cm down. This will keep your grass in great condition.

We recommend using a Smart-Release fertiliser, such as our fertiliser products, which is tailored to your geographical area. This is especially important when reviving dead grass, because off-the-shelf fertiliser products use up to 30% urea, which can burn fragile plant matter rather than revive it. Likewise, Cheap Potassium fertiliser used in most commercial mixes not only destroys the exchange capacity of your soil, but the high Chlorine content kills off soil life.  We can’t stress enough, the importance of being gentle; grass can be revived easily, whilst lack of water is likely the first issue, drowning it in water to speed the process up only worsens the problem.

How to Apply Fertiliser

Get in touch with Dusty Clay for information regarding how to apply our fertilisers as well as the best way to revive dying grass. Call .