Should I use weed and feed on my lawn?

Weed and feed products are commonly marketed as an easy and convenient way to take care of lawns. While these products certainly have a place it may not be the best option if you are trying to get your lawn looking its best. Weed and feed products typically contain a combination of fertiliser and herbicide with the aim of both feeding the lawn and killing weeds in a single application.


One of the main reasons why weed and feed products are typically not as effective as a fertiliser and herbicide combination is that they often contain a one-size-fits-all approach to lawn care. Different lawns have different needs in terms of fertilisation and weed control, depending on factors such as soil type, grass type, climate, and other environmental conditions. A weed and feed product may not be able to provide the precise combination of nutrients and herbicides that a particular lawn requires, resulting in suboptimal results.

Another issue with weed and feed products is that they can lead to overuse of herbicides and fertilisers which can be harmful. Applying herbicides unnecessarily can result in the accumulation of toxins in the soil, similarly over-fertilising can lead to excessive growth and thatch development. Applying the correct amount of fertiliser and the correct amount of herbicide is always recommended.

Furthermore, weed and feed products may not provide the necessary nutrients to support healthy lawn growth. While these products typically contain nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, which are essential nutrients for plant growth, they may not contain other micronutrients that are required in smaller quantities but are still important for overall lawn health. By using a fertiliser and herbicide combination instead of weed and feed, you can ensure that your lawns receive the precise nutrients they need for optimal growth and health.

As a convenient option for the time poor individual weed and feed has its place, however for a lawn enthusiast looking to get their lawn looking the best a specific fertiliser that will precisely feed the lawn and provide the range of nutrients required is ideal. Similarly identifying the weeds that require treatment and then applying a specific herbicide will produce a more optimal outcome.

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