Weed and Feed

Weed and Feed

Weed and Feed is one of the most commonly used weeding products being used by lawn owners today. These are the products which are sold in a bottle, attached to a hose and then sprayed onto the lawn, with the supposed ideal of both fertilising and killing weeds in our lawns. But what is the effectiveness of these weed killers in our lawn care?

The Effectiveness of Weed and Feed

Weed and Feed continues to sell in massive quantities, it’s premise is to offer a very simple method of killing weeds in home lawns with a process that even the least knowledgeable lawn owners can accomplish.

The problem is… these products usually don’t work.

In essence, Weed and Feeds are a very weak form of Broadleaf herbicide mixed with an equally weak liquid fertiliser. They are purposefully made weak so that they can be applied by anyone with little to not risk of damaging a lawn, as well as making the product a very inexpensive item to purchase.

But such a weak product will always lead to weak results, with the only weeds killed being the youngest weeds of the weakest weed types.

Because Weed and Feed only contains a Broadleaf herbicide it will not affect many other weed types, including weeds such as Winter Grass and Paspalum. Tougher Broadleaf weed types such as Oxalis will not be affected whatsoever by any Weed and Feed.

WARNING: Most Weed and Feed products will damage or kill some grass types such as Kikuyu and Buffalo. If you own these lawn types and still plan to use a Weed and Feed product, then ensure the correct product is purchased which is safe for use on these lawn types.

Choosing a better Weed Killer

A homeowner can continue to purchase Weed and Feed and continue to apply it, often in vain and without results. Spraying for weeds really is not that difficult, especially if the weeds being killed are of the Broadleaf variety.

A quality Broadleaf herbicide can usually be purchased for under $15 and a 3 litre handy sprayer for the same price. The herbicide is then mixed to manufacturer’s instructions and applied.

See More Articles About:

Share Article:

Related Articles

Getting the Bindi out of your lawn

Bindi is a prickly, painful, annoying weed that can inhabit all lawn types but now is the time to stop it in its tracks! It forms during winter and is a low growing weed with ...

Read More

How to Kill Weeds in Buffalo Lawns

The Problem of Weeds in Buffalo Lawns Buffalo lawns have always proven a difficult challenge when weeds are established. Most of the herbicides which have been available to ...

Read More

How to Spray Lawn Weeds

Spraying Lawn Weeds Spraying weeds can be a highly complicated matter as there are different herbicides to treat different weeds. The herbicides can slightly work or be very ...

Read More

How to Use Buffalo Weed Killers for Best Results

Killing weeds in Buffalo lawns can require various types of weed sprays which may also be used differently, and with different guidelines for safety and application from their ...

Read More

Kikuyu in Buffalo Grass

One of the greatest enemies of Buffalo grass is Kikuyu grass. Kikuyu invades Buffalo grass easily and very quickly, oftentimes without notice. Entire Buffalo lawns can be ...

Read More

Kill Winter Grass in Buffalo Lawns

Winter Grass is another ugly and unsightly weed in Buffalo grass as well as all other lawn types. It’s bright green leaves and clumping characteristics can quickly overtake a ...

Read More

Lawn is Filled with Weeds

How to Kill Masses of Weeds in Lawns When faced with a lawn full of weeds it can seem like a daunting task of how to completely kill lawn weeds in such overwhelming ...

Read More

Removing weeds from your lawn

The main step with weed control is to remove them from your lawn before they set seed. However, if you need to use a herbicide (weed killer) for it to work more effectively ...

Read More

A Guide to 10 of the most common lawn weeds

WINTER GRASS About the weed Winter Grass is a widespread weed problem throughout Australia and is more prevalent in winter and spring. Winter Grass is characterised by its ...

Read More

When should I aerate my lawn?

Aeration is an important part of maintaining a healthy lawn and allowing it to be porous enough for oxygen, water and nutrients to penetrate down to the root zone. Aeration ...

Read More