Weed and Feed – Good or Bad?

Weed and Feed

Why are Weed and Feed products not recommended in Central Texas? It’s simple, really. For spring application, we address both pre- and post-emergent weed problems early in the season, many times before the grass has re-emerged from winter dormancy. The grass will not require fertilizer until it has emerged in the spring and has been growing well enough to have been mowed at least two times. For fall application, we address the weed seeds early, by using pre-emergent in mid-September to October, BEFORE they have germinated. We apply a fall fertilizer in October to help build the root system of our lawn for the winter.

BY FAR, THE MOST IMPORTANT REASON NOT TO USE WEED AND FEED PRODUCTS IS THAT THE PRODUCTS CONTAINING A POST-EMERGENT HERBICIDE CAN HARM THE TREE ROOTS IN OUR LAWNS. REMEMBER, TREE ROOTS CAN GROW ONE TO ONE AND ONE HALF TIMES THE TREE’S HEIGHT OUT FROM THE TREE! THIS MEANS THAT YOUR TREE’S ROOTS CAN BE IN YOUR NEIGHBOR’S YARD, AND IF THEY USE WEED AND FEED, IT CAN HARM YOUR TREE!

By | 2017-06-05T09:38:05+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Lawn Care|

About the Author:

Mary Kay is an asset to Backbone and a wealth of knowledge! Many customers come in and ask for her by name for all their plant questions. It’s no wonder why, as Mary Kay has 43 years of experience in the horticulture field. She holds a B.S. in Horticulture from Ohio State University, and a TMCNP and a TCLP from Texas Association of Nurserymen, and a Specialist in Urban Trees Certification from Texas A&M.

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