At $59 for this bag, a professional can do it all for about the same price.
Many homeowners who try to do their own lawn care are subject to the weed-n-feed woes. They don’t realize it, or they would not purchase this product at the big box stores. When one pays $59 to purchase a bag of stuff that is supposed to “feed” your lawn and eliminate all weeds (it won’t), it’s just not a good deal at all when compared to hiring a professional such as LawnAmerica.
This particular product, with a well-known brand and a nice, fancy bag, says it will fertilize a 15,000′ lawn area. However, there is only about 13 pounds of actual nitrogen in this 47 pound bag. While this is enough for Fescue, Bermudagrass needs at least one pound of nitrogen per 1000′ of turf every month to perform well. With this, you’ll be applying less than a pound of nitrogen.
These weed-n-feed products have a herbicide applied on a light carrier, so that when it’s applied to the turf, the little granules are supposed to stick to the weeds with the herbicide then absorbed by the weed leaves. So you must water the lawn first so that the weeds are wet, the product is absorbed, and the weeds are killed. It’s not that easy. In reality, few of the herbicide-laced granules actually stick to weeds, with most being wasted dropping off into the turf and soil. Many weeds are more vertical than horizontal, so it’s almost impossible for any of the product to adhere to weeds. The only herbicide in this mix is a broadleaf herbicide, so grassy weeds and sedges are not affected at all with this product. And if a lawn just has a few areas of weeds, there is alot of herbicide that is applied over the whole lawn and wasted, let alone the unnecessary herbicide input into the environment.
When we treat a lawn at this time of the season, we’ll apply a granular fertilizer with more nitrogen in the bag, since having a percentage of slow-release nitrogen allows us to safely apply more at one time. Then our technicians will spot-treat with different liquid herbicides only where they are needed, using Integrated Pesticide Management techniques, or IPM. A typical lawn that has had our service for at least a year or so will only have a few weeds present, so we may only spray about a gallon or two of mixed product, with just a few ounces of actual herbicide applied. The key is that it’s only applied where it’s needed, and at the proper rates and products. This is a much better method of caring for lawns, with better results and less input of herbicides. And the best part is that a professional lawn service can do this for about the same cost as the price of that pretty bag at the box store! Plus, it’s guaranteed, or we’ll come back to spot treat any persisting weeds. Try taking your empty Scott’s bag back to the box store and telling them it did not work and you want another bag for free.
So don’t get the weed-n-feed woes this summer, just call a pro!