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Weed and Feed: A Quick and Easy Lawn Care Guide

Updated on December 17, 2018

Pesky weeds are the enemy of every well-kept lawn.

If you’re just getting started in lawn care, you’ll probably want to learn about a useful tool called Weed and Feed for getting your weeds under control.

This brief Weed and Feed Guide will take you from weed and feed newbie to weed and feed pro in only a few minutes.

What Is Weed and Feed?

Weed and Feed is a 2-in-1 combination of fertilizer and pre-emergent herbicide.

Pre-emergent herbicide is a chemical that prevents weed seeds from sprouting up in your lawn and fertilizer is a chemical that supplies essential nutrients to increase fertility within a plant.

This duo of chemicals feeds soil while also weeding crabgrass and other weeds, hence the name “Weed and Feed.”

What Does Weed and Feed Do?

Essentially, weed and feed products turn the two-step process of weeding your lawn and then fertilizing into one simple step.

After applying the weed and feed products properly, the nutrients and chemicals inside are immediately available to the plants. The nutrients get slowly released so that the plants have a source of food over a long period of time.

Weeds can be very harmful to your lawn. They take light, nutrients, and water away from your beautiful grass and plants. And plus, weeds just look plain ugly.

Weed and feed products kill weeds before they even spring up out of the earth using the before mentioned pre-emergent herbicide. That means you don’t have to spend your time pulling up weeds out of your lawn.

Is Weed and Feed Safe?

Although weed and feed products are excellent for killing weeds, dandelions, and crabgrass, they can be dangerous toward pets and family members if not chosen carefully.

Some weed and feed products can contain harsh chemicals that can even pollute the environment.

That is why I recommend organic weed and feed. One of the best and easy organic weed and feed solutions is corn gluten as a pre-emergent herbicide and fertilizer.

Organic weed and feed alternatives are perfect for removing dandelions, weeds, and crabgrass while still being safe for the entire family, even the four-legged members.

Organic weed and feed can even be made right at home.

When to Use Weed and Feed Products?

It’s best to use weed and feed products right before season changes. In southern and warmer climates, use the weed and feed twice a year. Once in early Spring and once in late Summer.

In northern and cooler climates, use weed and feed only once per year. Use it in April, when Winter is about to turn into Spring.

How to Use Weed and Feed Products?

When you use weed and feed you want to make sure no rain is expected in the coming days and that it didn’t rain in the previous few days.

To spread the weed and feed pellets thoroughly and evenly use a rotary, rotational device, or drop spreading machine.

Make sure to use an irrigation system or sprinkler to “water in” the weed and feed thoroughly. Don’t let the rain “water in” the weed and feed because this can wash it all away.


So, now you know how to take action against the pesky weeds in your lawn! You’re no longer a weed and feed newbie. You’re a weed and feed pro!


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