Should I Weed & Feed?
From the research I’ve done on this subject the answer is unanimously NO, it is not recommended for our area in North East Texas.
What is Weed and Feed? It is a granular combination of fertilizer and weedkiller in 1 bag. In theory it sounds too good to be true and according to the experts it is just that.
The granules aren’t as effective as spray weedkillers since most herbicides work through leaf absorption. Granules fail to adhere to the weeds as well as a weedkiller applied as a spray. In turn the granules of fertilizer that stick to the grass blades can cause stress to your grass.
Application through rotary spreaders scatters the granules into flowerbeds and under trees which can cause damage to desirable plants. Directions on the bag caution against using under trees and shrubs but tree roots can grow 1 to 1 ½ times the tree’s height out from the tree making it difficult if not impossible to prevent contact of the weedkilling herbicide to the roots of trees and shrubs.
Neil Sperry says, “No” to the use of Weed and Feed. In our area the best time to apply a weed killer is not the best time to apply fertilizer to our grass, so applying them both at the same time through the use of a Weed and Feed is not ideal.
He suggests the following for weed control and fertilizing your lawn in spring:
- Apply a pre-emergent weed killer to stop germination of weed seeds in late February to March and then again in June.
- Use a broadleafed herbicide to kill clover, dandelions and other non-grassy weeds, 2-4,D in spray form.
- Fertilize your lawn in North Texas around April 1- April 15th. Wait until your grass is actively growing.
There are people who have applied Weed and Feed for years with good results and will disagree with this article. Please don’t send me emails… There are 2 sides to every coin and that adage fits as to whether you decide to apply or not to apply Weed and Feed.