Can You Spread Weed & Feed Right After it Rains?

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After rain is the most efficient time to apply fertilizer and weed killer. The time to avoid putting down the product is just before rain is expected, as it may all be washed away.

Nature gets a nudge from fertilizer.
Nature gets a nudge from fertilizer.

Timing Is Everything

The best time for applying fertilizer and weed control is in early spring or autumn, when the weeds are having a growth spurt.

Early-spring growth spurt
Early-spring growth spurt

When to Apply

Spread the product when the lawn is wet--after a rain or after you have just watered completely. This helps the ingredients adhere to the foliage, both to feed grass and to kill broadleaf weeds.

Apply when lawn is wet.
Apply when lawn is wet.

Watering

If the weather cooperates, rain can direct the weed and feed product into the soil and root system. If not, water deeply after two days.

Rain or a sprinkler is necessary in 48 hours.
Rain or a sprinkler is necessary in 48 hours.

For Large Weeds

Large weeds will not be eradicated by this type of product. That is why it is applied during the vigorous growth periods in early spring and fall.

This weed needs a stronger method of removal.
This weed needs a stronger method of removal.

Environmentally Friendly Alternatives

Compost, manure, or mulch will prevent weeds by improving the soil, and adds organic matter, which helps soil utilize water and promotes the natural occurrence of micro-organisms. Compost also helps establish healthy plants that crowd out weeds.

Consider alternatives
Consider alternatives

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