Author: Plant Doctor Date Posted:27 February 2023
Are you noticing your once lush green lawn turning yellow or brown?
Well, it's the last day of summer and what an unusual summer we've had!
Over the previous three months, the east coast of Australia has experienced extreme variances from well below average temperatures to days where most Queenslanders sweltered, with some days reaching 100% humidity followed by torrential rain and damaging storms.
You're not alone if you've struggled to keep your lawn and garden maintenance looking great, and it might not be a lack of water or mowing causing the issue but rather a vitamin deficiency.
That's right; just like humans, plants also need specific vitamins and minerals to thrive.
In this blog post, we'll discuss the five most common symptoms of a vitamin deficiency in your lawn, so you can identify the problem and take steps to fix it.
Before we dive in, let's first understand why vitamins are essential for the health of your lawn.
They act as catalysts for various biochemical reactions that occur in the plant's cells.
Each vitamin has a specific function, and any deficiency can affect the plant's health.
Let's look at the five most common symptoms of a vitamin deficiency in your lawn.
One of the most common symptoms of a vitamin deficiency in your lawn is yellowing leaves.
If your lawn is not getting enough vitamin B, the leaves will start turning yellow, starting from the tips and gradually spreading towards the base of the blade. This is known as chlorosis, and a lack of chlorophyll, the pigment responsible for the green colour in plants, causes it.
Chlorophyll requires vitamin B to synthesise, so a deficiency in this vitamin can lead to a lack of chlorophyll and, in turn, yellowing leaves.
If you notice yellowing leaves on your lawn, it's essential to treat your lawn quickly.
Failing to address the problem can result in stunted growth, reduced photosynthesis, and a struggling lawn.
Another common symptom of a vitamin deficiency in your lawn is stunted growth.
If your lawn is not getting enough vitamin C, it can slow its growth rate.
Vitamin C is a vital nutrient for plant growth as it helps form new cells and tissues.
It also helps absorb iron, another essential nutrient for plants.
A deficiency in vitamin C can lead to stunted growth, as the plant will struggle to produce new cells and tissues.
This can result in a thin, patchy lawn and reduced resistance to pests and diseases.
Vitamin D is essential for root development, as it helps the plant absorb the calcium necessary for forming solid roots.
A deficiency in vitamin D can lead to weak and shallow roots, which can cause the plant to become unstable and more susceptible to damage.
If the stems of your lawn are brittle and easily breakable, it could be a sign of vitamin deficiency.
Vitamin E is essential for plant cell membranes, as it helps protect them from oxidative damage.
Without vitamin E, the plant's cell membranes weaken, leading to brittle stems and reduced structural integrity.
This can make the plant susceptible to wind, rain, and other environmental damage.
Lastly, noticing discoloured or spotted leaves in your lawn could indicate a vitamin A deficiency.
Vitamin A is essential for photosynthesis, as it helps absorb light energy.
It also plays a crucial role in the plant's immune system, helping it to fight off pests and diseases.
A deficiency in vitamin A can lead to discoloured or spotted leaves, as the plant will struggle to absorb light energy efficiently.
This can lead to reduced photosynthesis and a weakened immune system, making the plant more susceptible to damage from pests and diseases.
To fix this issue, apply a fertiliser high in vitamin A or add organic matter to your soil.
Additionally, it's essential to ensure that your lawn is not exposed to excessive shade or water, as these conditions can also lead to a deficiency in vitamin A.
By identifying the symptoms of a vitamin deficiency, you can take steps to fix the problem and prevent further damage to your lawn.
Seaweed Secrets from Plant Doctor is a natural, organic soil conditioner and fertiliser made from dried and ground kelp and is one of Australia's favourite lawn supplements.
Made here in Australia, Seaweed Secrets (Kelp) attributes include 77 minerals, 17 amino acids, chelating agents, and complex sugars with added Humic and Fulvic Acid (high quality)
Kelp is, without a doubt, an indispensable soil enrichment product. It is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial plant nutrients to help your lawn overcome various deficiencies.
Kelp fertiliser is an excellent nitrogen source, one of the essential plant nutrients.
Nitrogen is necessary for forming chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants responsible for photosynthesis.
Seaweed Secrets can help to provide your lawn with the nitrogen it needs to produce healthy and vibrant green leaves.
Phosphorus is essential for developing roots, stems, and flowers in plants.
Seaweed Secrets is an excellent source of phosphorus and other micronutrients essential for plant growth.
By providing your lawn with Plant Doctor's Seaweed Secrets kelp soil conditioner and fertiliser, you can help to promote healthy root development, leading to more robust plants.
Along with a Vitamin A deficiency, weak roots are often a sign of a potassium deficiency.
Potassium is essential for plant growth and development and helps regulate water movement in the plant.
Seaweed Secrets is a rich source of potassium, which can help strengthen your lawn's roots.
Stronger roots will make healthier plants more resistant to drought and other environmental stressors.
Vitamin E is essential for developing healthy cell walls, which help to provide structure and support to the plant.
Seaweed fertiliser is a natural source of vitamin E, which can help to promote the development of strong and healthy cell walls in your lawn.
Kelp fertiliser is a rich source of vitamin A, which can help to promote healthy photosynthesis and strengthen the plant's immune system.
Using a concentrated kelp fertiliser and soil conditioner can help prevent discoloured or spotted leaves and keep your lawn looking healthy and vibrant.
Overall, Seaweed Secrets is an excellent solution for addressing the symptoms of a vitamin deficiency in your lawn.
You can promote healthy plant growth and prevent further damage by providing your lawn with the essential nutrients it needs to grow and thrive.
Whether it's yellowing leaves, stunted growth, weak roots, brittle stems, or discoloured leaves, Plant Doctor's Seaweed Secrets can help to address the underlying issue and
promote healthy and vibrant plant growth.
So, to keep your lawn looking its best, consider using a concentrated kelp fertiliser as a natural and organic solution to your lawn's nutrient needs.
Here's a step-by-step guide on how to apply Seaweed Secrets concentrate to your lawn.
One of the significant advantages of the Seaweed Secrets concentrate is it can be applied to all lawn types throughout the year. Many lawn and garden professionals recommend using
it monthly in the cooler months and each fortnight as the weather warms up across late Spring to early Autumn. It's the ideal stressbuster for lawns and gardens.
Step 1: Calculate the Required Amount
You need to calculate the required amount of concentrate to apply to your lawn.
For lawns and gardens, the recommended rate is 100 ml per 100 sqm (1 ml per 1 sqm) mixed with enough water to provide adequate coverage.
Step 2: Dilute the Concentrate
Our liquid kelp soil conditioner and fertiliser concentrate is highly concentrated and must be diluted before application.
Add the required amount of concentrate to a watering can or sprayer and add the appropriate amount of water according to the recommended rate mentioned above.
Mix the solution thoroughly to ensure an even distribution of the fertiliser.
Step 3: Apply the Fertiliser
Once you've diluted and mixed the Seaweed Secrets concentrate, it's time to apply it to your lawn.
The most effective way to apply Seaweed Secrets is by using a watering can or sprayer.
Start at one end of your lawn and slowly pour the fertiliser solution onto the grass, working your way to the other end.
If using a sprayer, apply an even and consistent coat across the entire lawn.
Step 4: Water Your Lawn
After applying Seaweed Secrets to your lawn, it's essential to give it light water to help provide nutrients to the soil.
Step 5: Repeat the Process
It's also essential to repeat the process of applying the Seaweed Secrets regularly to help maintain a healthy and vibrant lawn.
For established lawns, apply the fertiliser every 2-4 weeks, while for new lawns, it's recommended to use it at half the normal strength weekly. Consistency ensures your lawn receives the essential nutrients it needs to grow and thrive.
Following these instructions, you can apply the fertiliser safely and effectively, ensuring your lawn and gardens stay healthy and vibrant all year. Remember to measure accurately, dilute the concentrate, and give your lawn a light water after application.
With regular application, your lawn will look its best, and you'll enjoy a lush and green outdoor space that you can be proud of and be the envy of your neighbours.
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