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.  

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It’s Time To Put Out Pre-Emergent!

Is it always weed season in Texas?  Seems to be the case.  Actually, we have 2 main weed types – cool season weeds and warm season weeds.  What’s growing now are the cool season weeds and as they begin to disappear the warm season weeds will take their place – so yes, it is always weed season in Texas!

The best place to start is to understand what you’re up against.  Weeds throw off thousand of seeds per plant, think about that – thousands per plant, multiplied by how many plants?  Not all of them live and sprout into a weed, otherwise the world would literally be overrun by weeds. 

One method of weed control is by using a pre-emergent in your lawn and flower beds.  This chemical option stops weed seeds from germinating and becoming a weed.  Spread the pre-emergent granules onto your lawn and in your flower beds before the seeds begin to germinate.  The granules are broken down by water so watering the area after applying allows the herbicide to be drawn down to the seed level. 

When do I apply a pre-emergent?  In early spring (mid-February/March) to prevent warm season weeds and in the fall (Oct) to prevent cool season weeds.  It is so much easier spreading these granules than pulling weeds!

Neil Sperry suggests using a pre-emergent with Dimension as the active ingredient.   Bring us your lawn and bed dimensions (pardon the pun) and we’ll calculate how much you need. 

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It’s Fall! Time to put out Pre-Emergent!

Is it too late to apply a pre-emergent to my lawn and flower beds since it’s Fall?

No, this is the perfect time to broadcast pre-emergent granules on your lawn and flower beds to help prevent cool season weeds from germinating and growing this winter. Your lawn will be so much healthier when it isn’t competing for nutrients and water with ugly weeds.

Neil Sperry suggests using a pre-emergent with Dimension as the active ingredient. There are several products that include Dimension and we’ve found one that works in both lawns and flower beds which has a higher concentration than many on the market – thus saving you money. Bring us your lawn and bed dimensions (pardon the pun) and we’ll calculate how much you need.

A Pre-Emergent lawn care product eliminates weeds at the earliest stage of growth — before you even see them. Several key factors are important to consider if you want to use this type of weed killer effectively.

Here in East Texas, because our weather is all over the place, it is recommended to put it down every 3 to 4 months.

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