How To Weed And Feed Your Lawn

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How To Weed And Feed Your Lawn

May 29, 2024     

Has your lawn started looking more like a weed invasion than a gorgeous grass carpet? It’s scary how quickly weeds can quickly creep up and take over. But with the proper weed and feed process, you can restore your lawn to its former premium turf glory!  

Weed and feed is a powerful substance that can help get rid of weeds and transform your lawn. But there are some important things to know before you get going. Like, if it’s not applied correctly, or if it is applied excessively, you risk damaging your lawn, resulting in further damage.  

This guide talks you through the steps to weed and feed your lawn successfully. 

What Is Weed And Feed? 

As the name suggests, this is an impressive two-in-one product that not only rids your lawn of unwanted weeds or moss but feeds the remaining grass blades, encouraging healthy growth.  

Weed and feed consist of nitrogen, phosphorous or potassium and are available in liquid or seed form for easy application. It’s an effective process that allows gardeners to revive their lawns without returfing them completely. It also provides essential care to your existing lawn to sustain thick and consistent growth.  

When To Weed And Feed Your Lawn 

Due to the chemicals within the substance, it is recommended that you weed and feed your lawn no more than twice a year. And when done right, this is more than enough to keep your lawn in good nick! When it comes to the right time to weed and feed, you’ll want to avoid wet and windy weather, as these can wash or blow the solution away before it even begins. 

You also want the air temperature to be around 15 degrees. This is why spring or autumn is the best time to weed and feed your lawn in the UK; however, keep an eye out for those unpredictable April showers! Check the forecast and plan a week when the weather looks warm and dry; then, you’ll be good to go.  

How Does Weed And Feed Work? 

It’s strange, isn’t it? How can one product kill one plant but help another thrive? We might not know the exact science behind it, but essentially, it has three core phases: 

  1. It works down into the soil to kill weeds from the roots. 
  2. It shrinks surface-level moss, so it quickly dies off.
  3. It provides vital nutrients to existing grass blades to enhance colour and growth. 

This process lets you see where the weeds have died off and where healthy grass remains. This makes it easier to identify the areas of your lawn to reseed. 

How To Successfully Weed And Feed Your Lawn 

Firstly, it’s important to note that you should only apply weed and feed to lawns at least six months old. Second, when it comes to weed and feed, timing is everything! As we mentioned earlier, you’ll need to allocate a dry, warm, and wind-free week for the best results! Once you’ve pencilled that in, follow these steps: 

  1. Mow your grass – you ideally want your turf to be about 3-5 inches tall, so mow your grass one or two days before application. 
  2. Create a clear surface – remove any grass clippings or garden debris which could block areas of your lawn from successfully weeding and regrowth. 
  3. Prep your lawn – weed and feed works better with a bit of water. We recommend dampening your existing grass before applying.  
  4. Check the instructions – different products will recommend different amounts; double-check how much you need before you start. 
  5. Wear gardening gloves – weed and feed contain a mix of harsh chemicals. If you come into contact with it, wash your hands straight away. Also, clean your shoes before stepping on any other surfaces to avoid any chemical damage. 
  6. Plan your route – slowly work up and down your lawn to ensure complete coverage. Take your time; you don’t want to miss a spot! And don’t worry if you overlap; if anything, it’ll prevent any gaps. 
  7. Protect your plants – avoid nearby flowers, vegetables, and hedges. If they’re close to your lawn, cover them up before you start.  
  8. Watch the excess – if any granules pile onto your paths or patios, sweep them back onto your lawn to avoid waste or washing into drains and causing environmental harm. 
  9. Water your lawn – it’s essential to water your lawn after initial application and every day until the granules have dissolved. If it’s raining, it saves you a job! 
  10. Keep off the grass – keep kids and pets off the grass whilst the weed and feed do their thing. Wait a few days until you’re confident the weed and feed have thoroughly soaked in, and water your lawn for a few days to ensure any leftover residue is washed away. 
  11. Don’t cut your lawn – wait at least 48 hours before mowing your lawn. If you cut your grass too soon, it can slice away all your hard work!  

Over the next few weeks, you should notice your lawn changing and your weeds retreating (hallelujah!) We recommend waiting at least four weeks before reseeding your lawn. Weed and feed can prevent germination, so you want to ensure it is fully absorbed.  

To reseed your lawn, start by aerating the soil and scatter your seeds evenly. Keep them hydrated and leave them for a few weeks to fully anchor in. And, hey presto, your beautiful new lawn should look fresh, healthy, and completely weed-free!

The Benefits Of Weed And Feed 

  • Getting rid of pesky weeds from your lawn 
  • Stop weeds from germinating and coming back! 
  • Fertilise your lawn and encourage grass growth 
  • Provide a boost of healthy nutrients to your turf 
  • Keep your lawn looking its best 
  • When done right, it only needs to be actioned twice a year! 
  • A cost-effective solution to a perfect-looking lawn 

Speak To The Experts 

To get the most from your weed and feed for long-lasting lawn results, speak with the George Davies team today; we’re always happy to help.  

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