If you've read our recent blog posts you may notice a recurring theme...timing is everything!
So what is a weed and feed exactly?
There are a variety of different lawn chemicals with the purpose of weed and feeding. It helps promote a healthy lawn by killing unwanted weeds, adds necessary growth nutrients, and improves your lawn's ability to absorb water! All these things come together to give you a nice, weed free yard. The chemicals we use focus on broad leaf weeds (you know - the pesky ones). Pulling these weeds can leave pits in your yard, weakening the roots of otherwise healthy grass, which is why chemicals are recommended instead. The blends of fertilizer used in a weed and feed vary by brand, but all of them are focused on providing nutrients, promoting growth, and leaving you with a healthy looking lawn.
Now that's a healthy looking lawn!
You may be thinking, will your healthy grass die along side the weeds being sprayed? Luckily, no! The granules are absorbed by the broad leaves of the weed, and your grass is safe. Liquids can also be used in place of granules, which are equally effective. Grass is hearty and tough, but if you apply too much of any chemical to it, it will burn and damage, so it's better to take a less is more approach when dealing with chemicals!
Safety first! Always wear protective gear when dealing with chemicals.
For preperation, it's best to mow your lawn one or two days prior to the application. If it's been a particularily dry season, water your lawn if possible! The granules stick to the broad leaf weeds better when they're damp. Once again timing comes in to play, and it's best to weed and feed when there is no rain in the forecast. You ideally want to weed and feed when temperatures are above freezing, but below 90°F. High temps can lower your lawn's ability to withstand the treatment.
So is a Weed and Feed right for your lawn? Weed and Feed applications generally only work on broadleaf weeds, such as dandelions, chickweed, creeping charley, etc. You'll need to use a different product to get rid of crabgrass and other weeds that don't have broad leaves for the chemicals to settle on and work their magic. (Luckily, we offer a solution for that as well!) Also, if you only have a few patches of weeds here and there, a spot treatment may be a better and less drastic alternative.
Example of a broad leaf weed infestation
If you've done a weed and feed early in the year and aren't happy with your results, you'll want to wait until the end of summer/beginning of fall to try it again. Applications should be at least two months apart. If you don't wait long enough to treat again, the chemicals can build up to dangerous levels and kill off all the healthy vegetation in your yard.
If your yard is looking more like a jungle than a lawn, and you are looking for a way to whip it back in to shape, a weed and feed is a great option! You can give us a call or submit our free quote form (at the bottom of this blog) to schedule your free consultation today! We can let you know the best option for you yard, and provide you with a golf course quality lawn, guaranteed!
*As with all chemicals, there are a few safety concerns. You'll want to keep pets and children off your lawn until it's had time to dry out. You can check your lawn to see if the granules have dissolved, and if there's been a heavy rainfall or your lawn has been watered, you can assume it's a safe bet.*
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