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Weed-n-Feed At $59 for a 47 lb bag, this is a rip off. Just hire a professional!

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 even purchase this product at the big box stores. When one pays $59 to purchase a bag of something that is supposed to “feed” your lawn and eliminate all weeds (it won’t), it’s just not a good value at all when compared to hiring a professional such as LawnAmerica.

This particular product, with a well-known brand and a 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. 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 the herbicide portion of the mix 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 one 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 adhere 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 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 will only have a few weeds present usually, 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 the 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!

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