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Lawn Feeding is an important aspect of keeping a beautiful, healthy lawn. To find out why, check out Love The Garden's article on lawn feeding! This is a big question in early spring: “My lawn needs everything what should I do first, put down seed or kill my weeds? The reason why this question is tricky is because many of the weed controls will harm new grass seedlings. Here are your best two options: Do you have less than 75%… Sowing grass soon after applying weed and feed is likely futile because new grass won't be able to grow.

A complete guide to lawn and grass feeding

Without food to develop side shoots and thickness a lawn is also open to invasion by weed seeds and moss that thrive in low nutrient conditions. A regular supply of supplementary food makes your lawn thick and green.

There a few types of lawn feed, so you may be a little confused about what to look out for when buying online.

Don’t fret; below are the descriptions and properties of the types of lawn feeds, including the specific benefits of each.

Which lawn feed should I use?

Some lawn treatments just feed your garden lawn and are ideal if your lawn is weed and moss free, but others have added ingredients such as weed killers and/or moss killers. Furthermore, some are designed to use in the autumn to toughen up the grass ready for the winter and/or kill moss.

The reason some lawn feeds are better than others, is because they can release nitrogen and feed over several weeks rather than in one rush soon after application.

The best lawn feed (or fertiliser) to use is one that provides protection from weeds while systematically feeding your lawn and ideally should be applied between April and September. Try Miracle-Gro EverGreen Complete 4 in 1 as it will provide year-round feed when applied no more than twice a year.

Spring and summer lawn feeding

For spring feeding use a product containing feed, weed killers and moss control. This will quickly help the grass to start growing again and control any weeds that are present, plus kill off the moss that might have invaded the lawn over the winter.

Later in the spring once the weeds and moss are under control, move over to just a lawn feed to keep the grass looking thick and green. Liquid lawn feeds via a hose end feeder are ideal for using in late spring into summer as they water the lawn as well in dry periods.

If the weather turns very hot garden grass stops growing and will not use any feed. In addition to this lawns get ‘stressed’ during prolonged dry spells which makes them more susceptible to damage by lawn fertilisers. This will result in you having to take extra care of your garden lawn from that point on.

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During these conditions stop feeding your lawn and wait until it has rained to let the water soak in for a few days, then start feeding again. Feed throughout the summer at 6-8 week intervals, weather permitting.

Autumn lawn feeding

Your lawn needs another type of feed in autumn, one which will keep the grass growing at a slow rate and not so lush but still green. It also prepares your lawn for the winter by building up the roots and health of the grass to withstand the cold.

Additionally, some autumn feeds have moss control added to combat any moss present. It’s important to feed with a specific autumn lawn food, such as Miracle-Gro EverGreen Autumn Lawn Care, to get the grass ready for the colder wetter weather of winter and strengthen the lawn ready for spring. Autumn lawn feeds are low in nitrogen as we don’t want to encourage any soft top growth that can be easily burnt by frost.

Feeding in autumn helps encourage strong root growth so your lawn will recover quickly from a harsh winter and put on lush green growth in spring. Autumn feeding is actually the most important feed and an integral part of lawn care!

Whichever product you are using, always carefully read the label before use and apply according to the instructions.

To summarise, steps to take for lawn feeding include:

  1. Prepare your lawn for feeding: scarify, rake and mow the lawn at least 3 days before the application of lawn feed or control products.
  2. Apply lawn feed: depending on the time of year apply your lawn feed (for high maintenance lawns consider optional added weed and moss control product).
  3. Maintenance: lightly water the feed in and repeat steps if necessary.

Check out our video tutorials for how to achieve a great looking lawn on our YouTube channel here.

What’s First: Feed, Weed or Seed?

This is a big question in early spring: “My lawn needs everything what should I do first, put down seed or kill my weeds? The reason why this question is tricky is because many of the weed controls will harm new grass seedlings.

Weed, Feed or Seed?

Here are your best two options:

Do you have less than 75% good grass with bare spots larger than a few inches in diameter?

Answer: If lots of larger spots, then seed this spring. Be sure to use a special Starter Lawn Food plus Weed Preventer that is compatible with grass seed (the regular crabgrass preventers will keep grass seed from growing). If you do not prevent weeds when you seed, you are likely to be very disappointed as crabgrass and other weeds will germinate and choke out your good grass before it has a chance to take hold. A machine called a slit-seeder will help make sure the grass seed comes in contact with the soil. You just select the Turf Builder Grass Seed blend that is right for your conditions, such as sun, shade, heat-tolerant, etc. If you only have a few bare spots to take care of, consider Scotts EZ Seed. I think this is the best bare spot repair product we have ever sold! Spread the Starter Lawn Food plus Weed Preventer after you put down the seed. Feed your lawn again in one month after seeding with Turf Builder Lawn Food. Once your new grass has been mowed 4 times, you can kill weeds with Ortho Weed B Gon MAX plus Crabgrass Killer OR Roundup For Lawns.

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Do you have more than 75% good grass however your lawn is thin and weedy without widespread bare spots?

Answer: If you have more than 75% grass, you may be surprised how your good grass will fill in with four feedings a year at 6 to 8 week intervals. With this option you skip spring seeding (you can always seed in fall if your lawn still needs it). Here is a schedule for the year: Feed your lawn now with Scotts Turf Builder with Halts Crabgrass Preventer. In 6 to 8 weeks after your first feeding, feed again with Scotts Turf Builder Weed and Feed if you have lots of weeds or if you only have a few weeds, your second feeding can be Turf Builder Lawn Food and spot treat your weeds with Ortho Weed B Gon MAX plus Crabgrass Killer OR Roundup For Lawns. Put down Scotts GrubEx sometime in May or June. In 6 to 8 weeks after your second feeding, feed again with Scotts Turf Builder with SummerGuard to control insects. In 6 to 8 weeks after your third feeding, in late summer/early fall, feed with Turf Builder Lawn Food.

If you have questions during the year, the Scotts Help Center folks will be happy to help you.

Weed And Feed and Grass Seed At Same Time?

A plan weed and feed product to your lawn may seem like a perfect way to kill two birds with one stone. Not only are you can to get eliminate irritating weeds however the chemical contained within the product additionally can facilitate the grass to thrive. Weed and feed products aren’t ideal for all situations though and may cause some problems if you plan to receive the lawn soon after their application.

What Is Weed And Feed

Weed and feed products, as the name implies, contain both a fertilizer and a herbicide to control weeds while feeding the surrounding grass. If the lawn has grass that is already established, this works well. The product should ideally be applied just a couple of weeks after the final frost when grass and weeds grow visibly because it is not effective for sleeping weeds. Apply it periodically throughout the rest of the year as well to keep weeds under control.

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In order to activate, most weed and feed products are granular and should be applied to moist grass. Mow 2 – 4 days in advance and use the weed and feed products for best results, without additional rain for at least 48 hours. After application, do not mow the treated grass for at least 7 days to allow the herbicide time to work.

Warning

  • Always wear hand and eye protection when spreading weed and feed products to prevent possible chemical burns or other injuries to the eyes or sensitive skin.
  • Keep people and pets off of the newly treated areas to prevent accidental poisoning or other illness.

Hindering New Growth

Weed and feed products work by preventing new growth, effectively stopping weed seeds from sprouting and newly sprouted wheat from flourishing. However, the herbicides used are insufficient to target weeds only; grass grains and any new grass growth are the same.

It can take up to four weeks for the herbicide effective to fade, so sowing grass soon after applying weed and feed is likely futile because new grass won’t be able to grow.

When To Sow Seed

If you must sow grass seed after applying weed and feed, wait for at least four to six weeks before doing so to ensure the herbicide won’t prevent the seeds from sprouting. Prepare seedbeds with the help of a rake which is one of the important garden tools that every gardener should have. It helps the seeds to have proper contact with the ground and prevents any bare patches.

Ideally, you should plant seeds well enough before frost in the autumn so that the new grass will grow for several weeks before sleep. You can also sow grass seed in the early spring, though if you do so you should hold off on applying weaving feet for at least four to eight weeks to ensure it doesn’t damage the young grass.

Tips For You

Different grass varieties thrive when planted at different times of the year. If you have a specific variety in mind find out the most favorable to sow it to ensure the best results.

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