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. These 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 clean up is the first step to following a weed and feed schedule. Rake out dead grass and dead remnants of annual grassy weeds.
- 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 grass. Repair bare spots in lawn by seeding with a turf builder. Spring sowing for cool-season grass and a late spring sowing 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 During Summer
Watering your lawn keeps grass green, healthy, and growing. Provide at least 1 inch of water per week, either through irrigation or rainfall. Time irrigation for early morning (between 6 and 10 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 the sunlight that the grass blades can absorb.
- Fertilizing your grass 2 or 3 times during the summer helps maintain its growth through the heat.
- Using a post emergent once or twice in the summer will keep those pesky weeds at bay.
You may also want to apply a systemic Grub treatment, if you have grub worms or other insects.
Apply a Fertilizer with a Post-Emergent early in the Fall and with 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 is not as needed as much due to the cooler temperatures.
- Reseed again in the beginning for the Fall to sustain grass growth leading into Winter.
- Removing Leaves or mulching leaves 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.
- Mowing your grass shorter. In late Fall, drop mower height and cut your lawn 1 to 2 inches 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.
Late Winter Apply a Fertilizer with Pre-Emergent
Grass goes dormant for Winter for 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 or leaves can leave your lawn moldy. You can also use a anti-fungal spray to treat lawn fungus growth.
Published on December 26th, 2017
Updated on March 31st, 2018