When to Apply: Weed and Feed Schedule
Following a weed-and-feed schedule can help you eliminate weeds and keep your grass roots strong and healthy.
The following tips can help you achieve that, but this is only half the battle. Knowing how long to water your grass is also a big factor.
Apply a pre-emergent with fertilizer in early spring, and a post-emergent fertilizer in late spring.
Spring cleanup is the first step to following a weed-and-feed schedule. Rake out dead grass and dead remnants of annual grassy weeds, including:
- Crabgrass and Goosegrass,
- Leaves and tree branches
- Debris that have accumulated on the lawn over winter, such as rocks, trash, etc
Remove weeds by hand if you have a few scattered weeds. Spot-treat dandelions or wild violets using a post-emergent weed control for lawns. This weed killer controls weeds without harming your grass.
Repair bare spots in your lawn by seeding with a turf builder. Spring sowing is good for cool-season grass, and late spring sowing is preferred for warm-season grass. Lawns wake up from winter dormancy with an appetite, therefore you should apply fertilizer after seeding.
Apply a fertilizer with a post-emergent herbicide during the summer.
Fertilizing in the hottest part of year can actually burn your lawn and cause damage. At the same time, this is when your grass roots use up a lot of the soil’s nutrients and really need the to be fed with a fertilizer.
So what to do?
We recommend only fertilizing at the beginning of summer, around June, and then again at the end of summer in September.
It’s important to water after the fertilizer treatment, to help it soak in.
Watering your lawn keeps grass green, healthy, and growing. Provide at least 1 inch of water per week, either through irrigation or rainfall.
Schedule your irrigation for early morning (between 4 and 8 a.m.) to minimize water loss to evaporation. Do not water at night. Watering at night can lead to fungal growth and weed growth.
- Mow high to encourage deep roots. Cutting too short limits the amount of sunlight absorbed by the grass.
- Fertilizing your grass at the beginning and end of summer helps maintain its growth through the heat.
- Using a post-emergent product in the summer will help eliminate pesky weeds.
Texas summers can be ridiculously hot. Since we are located in Frisco Texas, we know the importance of Frisco lawn maintenance that includes following a good fertilization schedule.
Apply a fertilizer with a post-emergent herbicide early in the fall, followed by a pre-emergent late in the fall.
Fertilizing in the fall provides ideal growing conditions, and encourages strong root growth.
Fertilize twice in fall: once around Labor Day, and a second time six to eight weeks later. If you’re battling weeds, applying a post-emergent in early fall will help keep weeds away in the winter.
Watering in the fall should be a bit less frequent than during the summer season, due to the cooler temperatures.
- Reseed in the beginning of the season, to sustain grass growth leading into winter.
- Rake dead leaves or mulch them with your lawn mower to create roughly dime-size pieces. Leaves this size can lie on the lawn without harming grass and will eventually decompose.
- Mow your grass shorter. In late fall, drop mower height and cut your lawn 1/2 to 1 inch shorter than normal.
In areas with falling leaves, a shorter lawn prevents leaves from matting down the grass. In snow-prone regions, a final fall mowing on the short side helps prevent snow mold on grass come spring.
In late winter apply a fertilizer with pre-emergent herbicide
Grass goes dormant for winter in most of the country. Applying a pre-emergent in late winter will help keep any weeds from popping up.
Start planning your growing season before the spring. You might want to fertilize a little more or less, based on your soil condition.
Sometimes snow and organic debris can leave your lawn moldy. You can use an anti-fungal spray to treat lawn fungus growth.
Best Weed and Feed Treatments
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Post-Emergent Weed and Feed
Published on December 26th, 2017
Updated on February 4th, 2020
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