Weed and feed is a 2-in-1 product, designed to both kill weeds and nurture the growth of your grass. Generally, weed and feed comes in a large bag of seed, although some options now come with hose and nozzle attachments. Weed and feed is designed to keep your lawn healthy and free from invasive weeds.
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The weed element of weed and feed is designed to cling onto weeds and prevent them from taking hold within your lawn. They are often designed with specific weeds in mind – most commonly with broadleaf weeds like clover. The feed part contains nutrients that help your lawn to germinate and grow effectively. Some weed and feeds also prevent weeds from growing in the first place.
In order to compile our list, we considered the following characteristics: Lasting Impact, thoroughness, thickness of growth, price, effectiveness, coverage, and weight.
We were then able to create a shortlist of five weed and feeds on the market. We awarded one as our top pick and runner up, followed by one designed specifically for new grass. This guide also contains an Weed and Feed Buyers’ Guide (below), which is designed with key questions you should ask before making a purchase.
Despite some close competition, the Scotts Turf Builder gets our nod for the best weed and feed on the market. It’s a remarkably effective 2-in-1, meaning you can use it to kill the weeds on your lawn, as well as nourish your grass. It’s not the combination that makes it our pick, but the fact that it is extremely adept at both.
The science and technology that goes into Scotts’ products in general, and this one in particular, makes it a highly useful tool in your lawn care arsenal.
This one ran very close to our top pick, only narrowly missing out. The reason why it’s such as good weed and feed is the way that it attacks the weeds. It’s the most effective and thorough one we found at attacking all different types of weeds. If your focus is on killing weeds, this is probably the best one on the market.
Although it is not as strong when it comes to the fertilizing side of things, this is more than made up for with the way it removes everything but grass from your lawn.
If you’re sowing new seed, or have recently set new grass, you may need to tread a little delicately when it comes to choosing your weed and feed. The problem comes because new grass can be extremely sensitive to fluctuations in nutrient content; new grass can also be killed by some harsher weed and feeds.
However, the Scotts Turf Builder is designed for new grass, meaning it’s tailored to be slightly gentler than traditional weed and feeds. This makes it particularly well suited to killing weeds, while also being sensitive enough to aid in the growth of new grass. If you want to give your new lawn the best chance of success, then this is the model for you.
Most of the options on this list are traditional weed and feeds that come in large bags. While the contents of the bags are often extremely high-quality, the delivery method can leave a little to be desired. Ultimately, this means that the problems are down to human error – it can be difficult to ensure adequate coverage and that you have all the material in the right place. For an amateur gardener, this can be the difference between success and failure.
The Liquid Turf builder not only is liquid but comes with its own nozzle and hose attachment, meaning it’s extremely easy to disperse across a lawn. This makes a huge difference by removing the potential for human error.
So many options on our list are built for short-term results, it’s easy to forget that a lawn is very much a long-term project. The best way to care for a lawn is to think about small, long-term changes. Lots of short, sharp shocks can permanently damage the grass. The Scotts WinterGuard is built with that in mind.
It’s an extremely solid option to protect your lawn over the colder winter months, preventing weeds from taking hold, and nourishing your grass during the months that lawns traditionally struggle. If you’re thinking about the long-term health of your lawn, this is a great option.
If you’ve decided that it’s time to do some serious lawn care, and a weed and feed is the right option for you, you need to consider exactly what to buy. Although weed and feed isn’t particularly expensive (so it’s not a budgetary issue), it’s critical for your lawn that you get the right option.
The following questions will help you decide which weed and feed is right for you:
Although you may have patches of weeds on your lawn, it’s not really viable to only use a weed and feed on one area, as weeds can very easily spread. Indeed, since many focus on preventing weeds, it’s better to cover the entire lawn.
Therefore, you’ll need to do some math to work out the area: simply measure the dimensions of your lawn and multiply the length and width together to calculate the total area. Double it to calculate the amount needed for two coats. Now compare this with the coverage advertised by the manufacturer.
If you have a patchy lawn, then a weed and feed may not be the best option. Instead, you may be better suited with simple grass seed. Where weed and feed is a good choice is when your lawn is affected by insidious weeds, particularly broadleaf weeds like clover and dandelion. In these circumstances, a weed and feed is the best option.
In most cases, weed and feeds are generalists, working on most grass types. The one exception to this is Bermuda grass, which does not work well with all weed and feeds. If you have Bermuda grass, you’ll need to make sure you check the manufacturer’s label (or buy locally, rather than online).