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When is the Best Time to Use Weed and Feed in Texas?

When is the Best Time to Use Weed and Feed in Texas?

Well if you live in Central Texas, March is a great time to apply Weed and Feed! And with the extra rain this year lawns are ready. The Bluebonnets are already blooming and that means you are probably seeing some weeds in your lawn.

Weed killers can be classified into two categories: Pre-emergent and Post-Emergent.

Pre-emergent weed killers are generally a granular treatment, and as the name suggests should be applied BEFORE weeds start germinating to be effective.

If you missed applying a pre-emergent weed treatment in January, now is the time to apply a post-emergent weed killer. (Also, put a reminder in your calendar for December to make an appointment for January pre-emergent weed treatment.)

Post-emergent weed killers are generally a spray herbicide. Costs vary depending on your lawn size but average around $75.

We tend to apply post-emergent weed killers in combination with Grass Fertilizers aka “Weed & Feed”. A healthy lawn is an important part of weed control much like the way your body is better able to fight off sickness when you’re strong and healthy.

Keep dogs & other pets off the lawn for at least 36 hours until the treatment is watered in and dry.

You should water your lawn the next day after we have applied the Weed Killer and/or Fertilizer(but please adhere to all city & county water restrictions!)

If you prefer we also offer Organic Weed Killers and Fertilizers. Contact us for more info about these.

Don’t wait until summer when the weeds have invaded and conquered your lawn! It will be too late to apply Weed Killer & Fertilizer due to the extremely high temperatures it can reach here in Central Texas. (Remember the summer of 2011 when we had 90 triple digit days!)

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13 Tips for Fertilizing Your Lawn

Keep your grass healthy and beautiful. Find tips from the experts on everything from when to fertilize and how to choose the right spreader.

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Fertilize your lawn properly, and you’ll be on your way to a healthy, dense stand of turf that maintains a deep green color and gives weeds a run for their money.

Rotary spreader with Fertilizer

Tip: Before filling the hopper of a rotary spreader, make sure it’s closed. Also, consider filling the hopper over a tarp so you can easily gather any spilled fertilizer.

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Tip: Before filling the hopper of a rotary spreader, make sure it’s closed. Also, consider filling the hopper over a tarp so you can easily gather any spilled fertilizer.

Nitrogen is every lawn’s most important ingredient, and each type of grass demands different amounts to display peak growth and performance. How often you fertilize affects not only lawn appearance, but also maintenance level. The more you fertilize, the more you’ll have to mow, for instance.

Using a Broadcast or Rotary Spreader

A broadcast or rotary spreader works well when you’re fertilizing larger lawn areas. Before filling the hopper, make sure it’s closed. It’s a good idea to fill it on a tarp, so you can easily gather any spilled fertilizer. Apply fertilizer around the perimeter of the lawn first, and then start to move back and forth across turf in an orderly pattern. Overlap application strips slightly to ensure that you cover the whole lawn evenly with fertilizer.

Using a Drop Spreader

Choose a drop spreader for controlled fertilizer distribution. Overlap slightly on each pass to ensure you have adequate coverage, and don’t forget to close the hopper when you come to the end of a pass. You’ll typically pay more for a drop spreader, but if you’re tending a typical suburban-size lawn, it’s worth the investment. If you accidentally dump fertilizer onto your lawn, gather what you can, then use a stiff broom to spread out any remaining fertilizer as far as possible. Water it in well, and do so again a few days later to help move that nitrogen down through soil and out of the lawn’s root zone.

Using a Handheld Broadcast Spreader

A handheld broadcast spreader works well for fertilizing small lawn areas. Walk evenly and slowly, and be sure to overlap distribution patterns slightly with each pass. A small spreader like this also works really well when you have shady areas in your lawn that require a different fertilizer rate than the sunny sections. Some fertilizers combine an herbicide with the lawn food. These products are sold as weed-and-feed lawn care products and are applied using a lawn spreader.

Using a Handheld, Pre-Calibrated, Battery-Powered Spreader

Handheld, pre-calibrated, battery-powered spreaders make application a cinch for small yards. Simply flip a switch and start walking to fertilize your lawn. This type of handheld spreader works well in small yards or areas that make it hard to maneuver a traditional push lawn spreader, like on slopes.

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Fertilizer and Water

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A day or two before applying fertilizer, water your lawn thoroughly. After grass dries, apply fertilizer. Then lightly water again. This second watering is vitally important, because it washes fertilizer off grass blades and into soil. You can also time fertilizer application between rainfalls to let rain wash fertilizer into soil. Just be sure you don’t fertilize before a downpour, or you may wind up with fertilizer washing away, especially if your lawn slopes. Avoid applying fertilizer during a drought when a lawn has browned or withered from lack of moisture.

Grasscycling

Grasscycling refers to letting grass clippings lie on the lawn after cutting. These clippings can provide up to 25 percent of your lawn’s fertilizer needs, saving you time and money. One hundred pounds of lawn clippings can yield up to three to four pounds of nitrogen. On an annual basis, an average half-acre lawn in a temperate zone like Pennsylvania yields more than three tons of grass clippings, so grasscycling can play a big role in nourishing your lawn. You don’t need a specialized mulching mower to grasscycle, although you might want to replace your current mower blade with a mulching blade, which cuts grass into smaller pieces that decompose more quickly.

When Should You Seed Your Lawn?

Having a lush and vibrant lawn offers an incredible array of benefits. Besides looking wonderful, a thick and healthy lawn is great for the environment, helps clean the air, traps carbon dioxide, improves soil and is great to walk on. But having a vivacious yard requires a personal investment of time, money and effort. Seeding at the right time is integral to having the healthiest lawn possible. Here are some helpful tips on the best lawn seeding times of the year.

Why timing is so important

With the elements that our lawns face in Ontario when we lay grass seed is crucial to ensure we’re getting the most out of our lawns. Depending on the type of grass seed you’re putting down (which is generally a mixture of Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, and perennial ryegrass), the time of year when you lay seed will highly impact its growth. Your grass goes through natural cycles of growth that you should capitalize on. Planting at peak growth times will help your grass seeds to germinate and establish strong roots quickly and efficiently.

Before you start seeding

For any seed to have the best chance of survival, it needs to be laid in superior soil. Whether you’re doing a small section or an entire yard, make sure you put down a thin layer of high-quality topsoil first. For an enhanced benefit, add manure or organic material to the soil before laying it down. A strong base will help encourage strong root growth in the grass seed.

When is the optimal time to begin seeding your lawn?

The best time to seed a lawn is in the late summer and early fall. This is generally understood as being mid-August to mid-September. This timing is recommended for a number of reasons, including:

  • Optimal soil moisture during these months
  • Excellent soil temperature for germination
  • Less competition from weeds for nutrients.

When planting grass seed in the fall, make sure you don’t do it too late. You want the grass roots to be well-established before winter hits. This will be a major factor in the heat and drought-tolerance of the grass next summer. When seeding in the spring, get the seed into the ground as soon as the soil can be worked. Try not to get too excited though, as planting grass seed when the soil is too damp or cold can lead to irregular and inconsistent germination.

Also, don’t skimp on the seeding. You don’t want a patchy and thin looking lawn. Apply the seed by hand if you are just doing a small area, but use a seed spreader when you tackle a larger area to better your chances of full coverage. When you apply the seed it’s best to apply it in the early morning or late afternoon, and when there is little to no wind.

If you’re looking for help with lawn seeding or have any additional questions about getting the most out of your lawn, contact the experts at Weed-A-Way. Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff are here for you and your lawn.