Seed Or Weed And Feed First

After the recent warm weather, I am beginning to see signs of life in my yard. I am also starting to get calls from homeowners with questions about weed and feed fertilizers, and when is the best time to apply them to the lawn. The answer depends upon the type of weed and feed fertilizer … Spring has sprung and that means getting your landscape to look its absolute best! Why not start out with some weed and feed? Read more about how and when to apply weed and feed to your spring landscape!

When Is the Best Time to Use Weed and Feed Fertilizers?

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After the recent warm weather, I am beginning to see signs of life in my yard. I am also starting to get calls from homeowners with questions about weed and feed fertilizers, and when is the best time to apply them to the lawn. The answer depends upon the type of weed and feed fertilizer you get.

Fertilizers that contain weed killers are divided into pre-emergent and post-emergent. Pre-emergent herbicides, as the name suggests, prevent weed seeds from germinating. With pre-emergent weed killers, it is critical that the material be applied prior to weed seed germination.

Now (early spring) is the time to apply the weed and feed if you are trying to control many summer weeds. The exception would be if you were trying to control crabgrass. Crabgrass preventer should be applied in mid-April, which is too late to include a fertilizer application on cool season lawns.

Most of the weed and feed fertilizers you see in the stores now contain a post-emergent weed killer. In order for these post-emergent herbicides to work, the weed must be actively growing at the time of application. So, if you apply a post-emergent weed and feed now, you will only kill weeds that are up at this time and it will have no effect on weeds coming up later.

By the time summer weeds are up in the lawn, it will be too late to apply a weed and feed since fertilizer applications are not recommended in summer on cool season lawns. Post-emergent weed and feeds can also damage established ornamentals if they are applied under the wrong conditions, such as temperatures above 90 degrees F.

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Both pre and postemergent weed and feeds may damage newly seeded lawns. There may also be other restrictions on when and how to apply these materials. Read the label carefully when purchasing any product containing weed killers or any pesticides.

When is a Good Time to Apply Weed and Feed?

As soon as the winter months are over, legions of homeowners rush outside to check how their lawns survived the cold. Most of them will head inside with disappointment. If you are among the majority of Americans with sad-looking lawns this spring, you may already be planning to wake it up with a quick application of weed and feed over the weekend. But before taking the trip to your local garden store to pick up a few bottles, there are several good reasons why using weed and feed now may not be the best idea for the health of your grass. It is important to know when to apply weed and feed.

What is Weed and Feed?

The term “weed and feed” is a general term for a number of products. Most of these products combine post-emergent broadleaf herbicides to kill weeds such as dandelions and clovers with fertilizers to give your lawn a quick dose of the nutrients it needs after a tough winter. Weed and feed products are produced by most major lawn care manufacturers and come as a ready-to-go liquid or in a dry granular form.

Deciding When to Apply Weed and Feed

Timing is everything when it comes to lawn care. If you apply weed and feed too early, you risk the chance that you will miss attacking the weeds that have not yet started to grow, and they will survive the application. But, on the other hand, if you wait too long, your grass won’t get the nutrition it needs to grow well. The ideal time to apply weed and feed is in the early spring, just about the same time that you notice your lawn needs the first trim of the season.

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Besides choosing the best time of the year to apply weed and feed to your lawn, you need to keep an eye on the weekly weather forecast as well. Avoid treating your lawn with weed and feed when the weatherman predicts rain is on the way. A spring storm shortly after an application will dilute the herbicide too much to be effective. If a surprise downpour does happen to catch you off-guard, you should not reapply the treatment because you will then risk overfeeding your lawn.

Tips For Success with Your Weed and Feed Application

Even when you choose the perfect time and weather for a weed and feed treatment, things can still go wrong. You can increase the chance of a successful application by following these tips:

  • Your grass should be between 3 to 5 inches tall.
  • Use a sprinkler to moisten your lawn lightly before applying the weed and feed treatment.
  • Don’t water your lawn for 48 hours using weed and feed.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid over treating your lawn.

Do you want your lawn to look outstanding this year? Why not work with the landscaping experts at Green Acres Landscape Inc. Green Acres Landscape has been helping home and business owners create beautiful outdoor spaces since 1992. Whether you need routine landscaping maintenance or help with a new project, Green Acres Landscape can help. Call 503-399-8066 or book an appointment online.