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Weed & Feed

Every homeowner wants a healthy, green and vibrant lawn to show off to the neighborhood. However, mowing and occasional watering the grass and letting the sun do the rest of the work is usually not enough to ensure you maintain high-quality turf and rich soil for your yard to thrive and fight off weeds. While there are designated products to take care of weeds directly like herbicides and other focused products like fertilizer which give your lawn the proper nutrition, there are also convenient products which combine the two in order to save time and essentially kill two birds with one stone: weed and feed.

“Weed & feed” is the nickname given for a segment of lawn maintenance products designed to both strengthen existing grass and kill off invasive weeds in one single application. Weed & Feed products help to improve the ability of your lawn turf to absorb water and food, and adds essential nutrients which promote healthy growth. As a result, your healthy lawn will prevent weeds from taking over and which will reduce your need to apply the product regularly over time.

At Solutions Pest and Lawn, we carry the best weed & feed products available on the market and along with that we offer expert advice on how to apply these products and the best practices and tips to ensure the best possible implementation.

Check out our weed & feed products below. If you are ever in need of advice or have questions about an order, feel free to contact us through our various channels of communication: by phone, email, or live chat. We look forward to hearing from you!

Ideal Times To Apply Weed & Feed

The best time to apply weed & feed products are when weeds are actively growing on your lawn, usually around the spring and summertime. Applying these type of products in the winter will be ineffective. It is also best to spread weed & feed on grass that has been dampened or wet whether through watering or just after rain so that the granules stick better to the parts of the weeds that are leafy.


We also recommend that when applying weed and feed to make sure that you apply it at a time when there is no rain to be expected at least within 48 hours. We also discourage you from watering your lawn during the same period of time. This is so time can be allowed for the herbicide to absorb into the leaves whereas if the lawn is wet or it rains, the weed and feed will wash the granules off the leaves. Do not re-apply if this does happen because you could risk over-feeding your lawn, leading it to be scorched.


How to Apply Weed & Feed To Your Lawnweed and feed application

There are a few important details to keep in mind when applying weed & feed to your yard. Note that these tips are not intended to replace manufacturer's instructions found on labels, though you will find most manufacturers will recommend some of the same tips we give.


Step 1: Prep your lawn prior to laying out weed and feed. This can be achieve by making sure your lawn is at a normal height (not too tall, not too short) – approximately 3-5 inches is good. Also water your lawn a bit to make sure the soil is moist.


Step 2: Using a broadcast spreader, spread the weed and feed uniformly across the lawn for best results. We recommend making two passes at half application strength rather than trying to spread at full strength in one pass. Do your best to avoid overspreading or getting granules on your ornamentals as it will kill most broadleaf plants. If you must spread near a garden, use a drop spreader.


Step 3: We recommend applying weed & feed no more than twice per year. Over-application can result in run off that is harmful to the local environment, such as nearby rivers, bays, or lakes/ponds. The feed portion of the chemical is actually more dangerous in these areas as it can encourage algae blooms which choke out fish and native plants.


Things To Consider When Using Weed and Feed Products On Your Lawn

You may be a lawn owner who may be a bit wary about using a weed and feed product because you may have read an article online that advised against using weed and feed or you may have utilized a weed and feed product in the past and have received disappointing results.


Now a lot of times people will buy a weed and feed product at a big box store or order it online, come home and spray their yard and while some people get great results and other people become frustrated and write negative reviews about the product and demand their money back. So what went wrong? Was it the fault of the product or was it the fault of the applicator? Well that depends.


What we'd like you to understand a bit about weed control is that it is important to correctly identify the weed that you're trying to control on your lawn because weed and feed products contain an active ingredient which on the label lays out what weeds they can successfully get rid of and what they cannot. If what you're trying to control is not on the product label, there's a good chance the weed and feed you bought will not deliver the desired result toward the target weeds you have.


For example, we get pictures sent to us by various customers who need help identifying the weed on their lawn and people message us frustrated with the weeds they have and that they've tried everything to eliminate them and it turned out that they had the weed confused with a different plant and were using the wrong products and chemicals against that particular plant.


weed and feed rulesBe Mindful of Weed and Feed Application Rates

Whether you've purchased a granular weed and feed products that you're pushing out on a handheld spreader or whether you bought a liquid product that you mix in a sprayer or attach to a hose end sprayer it's very important to check on the label for recommended rates for your lawn size. Also if you are walking too fast or too slow the results can vary.


If you're walking slowly when spreading the weed and feed, you may be putting out a heavier rate than is needed and this raises the chances of you damaging your turf. On the other hand, if you're pushing that spreader too quickly while walking, you aren't putting a sufficient amount of the chemical and nutrients out to satisfy your lawn and attack those weeds.


This can lead to an overall waste of money to repair your lawn and the weed and feed you used up all because of the way you applied the product and the rate you applied it.


Weather Plays A Big Part In Weed and Feed Effectiveness

Just as a general rule of thumb, the colder the weather is, the less effective the products will work and the slower it will be that the desired results will be achieved. This is why it's best to wait for temperatures to rise to a warmer number because weeds can be attacked by herbicides at best when they are actively growing.


For example, if you put out weed and feed in February or March where the weather is still on the colder side, your soil and those plants will not take in the chemicals fast enough. It doesn't mean that it's not working, it may just take a little longer to work, which means you will have to be more patient and let the process occur rather than expecting instant results. We recommend giving a weed and feed product three weeks before making an assessment on how well it did on your yard.

Weed and Feed products can be a great way to improve the health and beauty of you lawn while at the same time addressing problematic invasive weeds that have sprung up. If you would like more information about how weed and feed can help your lawn situation, feel free to contact our experts!

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