When and How to Apply Weed & Feed

How to Apply Weed & Feed

If you are a homeowner with a beautiful lawn, you will surely know how important it is to keep the weed in place. When left unattended, weed grows in size and quantity, making it tough to manage. Thanks to weed & feed, it is now effectively possible to avoid weed growth and foster a lawn that is greener and aesthetically set. Weed & Feed is a common term used for a variety of lawn chemicals that are applied on lawns to prevent weed growth and offer strength to the lawn grass. They primarily boost the ability of lawns to absorb more water and other elements and make the soil rich in nutrients allowing healthy growth of the grass. When you have a healthy lawn, there are fewer chances of weed propagation which ultimately means you enjoy a lawn that is greener. This also reduced the amount and frequency of ween and feed you have to use in your lawn over the time.

Bifurcation of Weed & Feed:

When we say Weed & Feed, the weed term represents an assortment of herbicides that target broadleaf weeds in the lawns such as dandelions, dollarweed, and other common varieties of green leafy weeds. It is a chemical with rich properties to attack the leaves of the weed. It is highly absorbent and sold in the form of granules. If you know how to apply it to perfection, the granules of this chemical won’t sit on the grass blades, leaving them unharmed and free to grow on the healthy soil. You can even choose a liquid variant of weed and feed and apply it using a foaming sprayer. Just like the granules, the foam also slips over the grass blades and attack the large leaves of weeds.

As the name suggests, the ‘feed’ portion of the mix represents a mix of healthy chemicals such as nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and more, that foster the growth of the grass and helps you develop a greener and healthier lawn. Though, each brand sells a different composition of feed chemicals, the nitrogen content in all weed & feed remains the same. There are certain products available in the market that also offer time-released nitrogen element for extended feeding.

What is the best time to apply Weed & Feed?

As soon as you notice the active growth of weed in your lawn, you must apply weed and feed. If you will wait for the winter to apply weed and feed, the chemicals will not be active to kill the weed in the following spring and summer. The best way to apply weed and feed is when the lawn is damp or wet. You can either use a sprinkler or wait for the rain and apply weed and feed in a way that more and more granules stick to the weed leaves. However, in case of rain, makes sure there is no rain forecast for the next two days. You must also avoid watering your plants for the next two days. The more the chemical stays on the leaves, the more time herbicides have to kill the weed.

In case, it rains immediately after you have applied weed and feed, the chemicals would be washed off. However, this nowhere means that you can re-apply the chemical. If you do, you will overfeed the lawn and create a chemical imbalance.

How to spread weed & feed?

If you are planning to spread weed and feed, there are a few guidelines to keep in mind. The thumb rule of spreading weed and feed is to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and then adhering to the below-mentioned guidelines.

  • 3-5 inches is the perfect height for the lawn grass to spread weed and feet.
  • If you have freshly mowed your lawn, wait for at least 3-4 days before spreading the chemical. This ensures that the weed growth is active and it has wide leaves to absorb more and more granules.
  • Like aforesaid, check the weather forecast and avoid days that have rain prediction. Also, do not water the lawn 3-4 days after applying the chemicals.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instruction to decide the best quantity of chemical to apply. Over-saturating the soil with the feed will create scorching.
  • Apply weed & feed only twice a year and no more.
  • Apply carefully, ensure that you are spreading the herbicide uniformly across the lawn.

Safety precautions:

Like any other chemical, lawn weed and feed can have a variety of adverse effects. Ensure you take sufficient prevention measures while spreading weed and feed. Keep your body covered (wear long pants and coats) to avoid skin allergies. By all chances, ensure the chemical does not comes in contact with your eyes. Keep children and pets away from the lawn for at least 3-4 days.

Hope this guide will help you in making the best use of weed and feed for your lawn.

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