How to apply bone meal to a lawn

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How to apply bone meal to a lawn
Bone meal is an organic fertiliser for your lawn. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A green lawn can improve the look of any home. However, keeping your lawn looking nice requires work, including proper fertilisation. There are many chemical fertilisers are available, but homeowners with pets or children often turn to organic alternatives to green up their grass. Bone meal is a safe, natural fertiliser with the proper balance of nitrates, phosphorus and calcium to keep your lawn healthy.

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Things you need

  • Gloves
  • Rake
  • Garbage bag
  • Fertiliser spreader
  • Bone meal powder
  • Garden hose

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  1. 1

    Clean up the garden before fertilising. Slip on a pair of heavy, leather work gloves and pick up any stray garbage and fallen limbs. Rake dead grass clippings and leaves into a pile and dispose of them in a plastic bin bag.

  2. 2

    Fill the hopper of your fertiliser spreader with bone meal power and push the spreader over the entire surface of the lawn. Bone meal powder is very fine and will drop easily through the holes in the spreader to place an even coat over the lawn.

  3. 3

    Spray the newly-fertilised lawn with the garden hose. Turn the hose on and spray the grass by hand, wetting the soil to a depth of approximately 2.5 cm (1 inch). The water pushes the fertiliser down into the roots of the lawn, strengthening the grass from the base.

Tips and warnings

  • Fertilise the lawn in early spring and again before the ground freezes. Bone meal is a slow-release fertiliser that feeds the ground throughout the growing season. Applying the fertiliser again at the end of the season allows the lawn to take in extra nutrients before the blades go dormant.
  • Keep bone meal out of the reach of children and pets. While it may be a natural substance, it can still cause digestive upset if ingested.

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