Frequently asked questions
Why is it different from other lawn fertilisers?
Richard Jackson’s Lawn Magic isn’t like the ordinary lawn feeds you can buy at the garden centres and DIY stores. The major difference is the nitrogen, I’ve used a special form that can be efficiently absorbed and used by the roots immediately. Crucially, it also contains calcium which helps build strong cell structure to help build resistance to disease and make your grass stronger. I’ve also added seaweed extract to encourage bio-stimulant growth.
The picture shows a comparison between an ordinary lawn food and my Lawn Magic. Both green the grass, but my Lawn Magic also builds the root system which is why it produces a tougher, more resilient turf. That’s why many of the top premier football and rugby grounds use it!
How big a lawn will it treat?
The 5 litre bottle treats 500sq metres of lawn … the average size lawn (front and back) is about 100sq metres … so this bottle will treat the front and back lawn up to 5 times. The 1 litre bottle treats up to 100sq metres.
How do I apply Lawn Magic?
What size watering can should I use?
It doesn’t really matter what size of watering can you use. The watering can is just a means of spreading 100ml (approximately 3 fluid ounces) of Lawn Magic onto approximately 10 square metres (12 square yards) of lawn.
Watering cans are usually 5 litres (1 gallon), 7.5 litres (1.5 gallon) or 10 litres (2 gallons). So, if your watering can is 5 litres, put 100ml of Lawn Magic into your watering can filled with water and apply quickly to 10 square metres.
If your watering can is bigger than 5 litres, still put 100ml of Lawn Magic into your watering can filled with water and still apply to 10 square metres. You will have more time to cover 10 square metres.
The basic formula is 100ml of Lawn Magic in sufficient water to cover 10 square metres of lawn. It is best to use a fine rose if possible.
Using a hose-end sprayer
Lawn magic can be applied through the Flower Power granular hose-end sprayer which is sold on QVC. Fill the applicator with Lawn Magic at the ratio of 100ml of Lawn Magic for each 10 square metres of lawn, e.g. if your lawn is about 60 square metres, fill the spray bottle to the 600ml mark and apply to 60 square metres of lawn. For 30 square metres, fill the spray bottle to the 300ml mark with Lawn Magic and apply to approx. 30 square metres of lawn.
NOTE: when feeding, ensure your tap at the source is turned up to high pressure and the switch(es) on the spray head are fully turned on to allow the venture to work effectively.
Can I use a Knapsack sprayer?
Yes. When using a Knapsack sprayer or walkover pedestrian sprayer, the ratio to use is 1 litre of Lawn Magic to 4 litres of water to cover 100 square metres. So, if your Knapsack sprayer is 20 litres you would put in 16 litres of water then 4 litres of Lawn Magic, and this would cover 400 square metres.
A WORD OF CAUTION – if you have a small amount left in the Knapsack sprayer and you wish to pour this into a watering can to finish the product off, make sure you dilute the Lawn Magic you have poured into your watering can with at least another 10 parts water to 1 part Lawn Magic.
Can I use a standard pump sprayer?
These can be used using the same method/rates as the Knapsack sprayer but it’s not as easy as the sprayer needs to keep the same level of pressure all over the lawn. This would mean continual pumping from an awkward position on the shoulder and if you choose to use this method you could get uneven coverage.
What is the ratio of Lawn Magic to litres of water to use?
The dilution rate for Lawn Magic is 100ml of Lawn Magic into a watering can filled with water and apply to approx. 10 square metres of lawn. Repeat the process for every 10 square metres.
How often should I apply Lawn Magic?
Ideally at least once every 4-6 weeks during the growing season, March to October. That’s what the professionals do and, over time, the results get better and better.
Can I apply Lawn Magic to a new lawn?
Turf: Use Lawn Magic on new lawns as soon as possible. It is so important for any newly sited plant to establish itself as quickly as possible. The calcium in Lawn Magic will help the turf through this stressful time.
Seed: On a newly seeded lawn wait until the grass germinates to about ½ an inch then apply it at half the rate that is on the label for the first application then at the full rate thereafter.
When should I make the first application of the year?
Historically, the growing season is March until October but nowadays the seasons are erratic so I would say that the first application of the year would be when we have a frost-free period which is relatively warm, or when you actually see the grass begin to grow.
When should I make the last application of the year?
Just before the first frosts arrive.
How many days before application should I cut the grass and how many days after should I leave it before cutting?
Ideally 2-3 days before cutting or 2-3 days after cutting, just so there is some leaf to absorb the product as well as absorption to the roots.
When’s the best time of day to apply it?
Early evening or first thing in the morning.
Will Lawn Magic get rid of moss?
Lawn Magic includes some iron in its formulation and that will help control moss but this is dependent on how heavy the infestation is. In heavy infestations you may need to apply a moss killer available at any garden centre before scarifying/raking. But for long term control you need to deal with the underlying causes of moss, often poor drainage, shade or scalping the lawn when mowing. For more help, see Advice and Tips and Quick Tips on the website.
Some areas of the lawn have turned dark brown/black after applying Lawn Magic
This is the moss in the lawn dying off. Vigorously rake or scarify the lawn then allow 2 weeks to regenerate.
Does Lawn Magic kill weeds in the lawn?
Lawn Magic isn’t a weedkiller. Treat weeds separately using a SELECTIVE lawn weed killer such as Lawn Clear, available from large stores/garden centres. Apply when the weather is consistently warm and the weeds are actively growing.
Does it treat lawn diseases?
Regular use builds up resistance to diseases such as Fusarium patch, Dollar spot and Red thread.
How can Lawn Magic help with dog urine damage?
If the grass is still alive then Lawn Magic will definitely help.
Pouring copious amounts of water over the area affected by the urine as soon as possible will help.
How do I treat the bare patches in my lawn?
For best results aerate the bare areas first by putting a garden fork straight into the soil and straight out, at least 10cm/4in deep. This is a good thing to do all over the lawn at the beginning of the season and at the end of the season.
Once the patches are aerated, apply Lawn Magic to the whole of the lawn. This will encourage the existing grass to gradually fill out the patches. For quicker results re-seed the patches using my Triple Action Lawn Seed.
Is Lawn Magic safe for pets and wildlife?
Yes. When Lawn Magic has been diluted and applied to the grass there is no danger to wildlife or pets. Just leave pets off the lawn for about 1 hour after applying to absorb into the foliage and roots. After this time rabbits/guinea pigs etc. can graze.
Is Lawn Magic harmful to aquatic life?
Like most garden products, don’t allow either the concentrated or diluted Lawn Magic to run off into the water.
Will Lawn Magic stain hard surfaces?
Lawn Magic is for use on grass not for hard surfaces. It will stain fancy paving or wooden surfaces. If this happens, wash off as soon as possible with copious amounts of cold water.
What happens if I get Lawn Magic in my eyes?
Remove contact lenses if applicable. Rinse with copious amounts of clean water. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
What is the shelf life of Lawn Magic?
Indefinite. Just keep out of direct frost and shake the bottle well before use.
Where can I buy it?
Richard Jackson’s Lawn Magic is only available through QVC. To buy it directly through their website, click here.