What is Weed & Feed?
It is a lawn product that is designed to kill weeds and at the same time fertilize your lawn. It is a combination of herbicide and fertilizer. They have an upside and a downside. They work well but are environmentally hazardous if not used properly.
You should avoid using this product excessively for the safety of the environment, children, pets and yourself. If used excessively it could also burn your lawn leaving browning in spots.
Weed & Feed will kill and feed because of its ingredients. The weed killer ingredient is Dicamba & Mecoprop (2,4 – D) and/or MCPP which targets dandelions.The food has nitrogen, phosphorous and/or potassium to green up the lawn.
How to Apply
You want to apply this to your lawn when it is wet or damp and weeds are actively growing. If your lawn isn’t wet you can use a sprinkler to obtain the moisture. You might want to do this for a couple of days.
When you are applying it, you don’t want to overuse for the reasons previously mentioned. So to use carefully use a spreader set at 1/2 strength application and make two walk-throughs. Make sure you time it where it isn’t going to rain for at least a couple of days and don’t water the lawn for 2 – 4 days afterward.
If you have mowed the lawn wait 2 – 4 days because the grass height should be around 3.5 inches tall. Also, use only once or twice a year and no more. This is for the environment sake.
This product does stop seed germination so you should not be planting or aerating at this point for at least 4 weeks. Best results would be to use during the Spring & Summer. Then you can seed and aerate in the fall.
Remember this is a lawn chemical so help keep the environment, pets and other family members in mind. Read the safety precautions to assist your thoughts and when in doubt consult with your local lawn supply clerks or landscapers for assistance.
Best Way To Have A Nice Lawn
For those who prefer not to use chemicals, you can be organic and natural by these few steps.
- Improve your soil
- Choose locally accepted grass
- Mow often but not too short ( 2.5 – 3.5 inches)
- Control thatch buildup
- Water correctly – Every 5-7 days ( Kentucky Bluegrass, Bentgrass & Ryegrass) Every 8-12 days (Fine & Tall Fescue, Carpetgrass, Kikuyu-Grass, Seashore Paspalum & Zoysia) Every 12-21 days (Bahia Grass, Buffalo, Bermuda Grass, St. Augustine & Centipede)
For driveways and gravel spray Weed Be Gone in early Spring & Mid Summer
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