The good news is that if your lawn looks a bit drab and weedy, you can bring it back to life by using “weed and feed” fertilizers and herbicides. Designed to introduce essential nutrients into the ground that accelerate the growth of your grass, these products help you maintain thick and healthy turf, while minimizing pesky lawn weeds.
Excessive fertilizing can result in lawn burn, which is when the nitrogen and salt levels in the soil are too high and cause yellow to brown strips or patches of dead grass. A lawn, as with any type of plant, only needs fertilizing if the soil lacks the vital nutrients to help it grow. In situations like these, fertilizing your soil is essential.
The right weed-and-product can improve the health and appearance of your lawn. Ahead, get our top tips and recommendations for navigating the available options—and don’t miss our top picks!
To find out exactly what nutrients your lawn needs can be determined by conducting a soil test. You can either purchase a test to use at home or take a soil sample to your local cooperative extension testing office.
Weed-and-feed products come in two forms: liquid and granular. Although the liquid forms are easier to apply and provide faster results, it’s more economical to use the granular form. Spray or liquid weed and feed are designed for small yards.
To grow a lush lawn, your soil needs to have essential nutrients. Fertilizers temporarily add nutrients to the soil. Fertilizers denote their nutrient ratios as NPK. This denotation represents the percentage of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) in the product. This is how the nutrients help grass:
I have been using Scott's Turf Builder Weed and Feed for years because it always creates a weed free beautiful lawn. I use 8 10,000 sq ft bags since I have a large lawn but the cost and effort to apply are worth the results.
When I became a homeowner here in Southern California in 1999, I had an "old-timey gardener" out to fix my sprinklers. He told me to use Scott's on my lawns, and I've been doing it ever since. I put down Weed & Feed in March or April, and there's not a dandelion or large weed to be seen in the lawn for months. The product is a bit less successful with the pesky clover, but does seem to minimize its growth. I took these photos the last weekend of July, in 100+ degree heat, and the lawn looks great. looks like this from about mid-May through October. Scott's is an annual part of my yard's care; very pleased with its performance.
Used for Years
Best used in early Spring and late Summer – early Autumn in most parts of Australia. Avoid using in extremes of weather
The proprietary blend of seeds includes kikuyu and annual rye
We will gladly assist with returns and exchanges of this product in accordance with our returns and exchanges policy.
SAFETY FIRST: Read the instructions on the product packaging before use and take particular note of any warnings or cautions on the label
See the Safety Data Sheet for this product