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how long after weed and feed to plant seed

How long after weed and feed to plant seed

You want a beautiful lawn for your family to enjoy, but it’s no longer enough to just mow it. You have to fertilize, water, kill weeds and then reseed any bare spots. Using a weed and feed product saved you some time, so now you’re ready to plant some grass seed. You may have to wait a bit longer, though, depending on the type of weed and feed product you used.

Weed and Feed

Pre-emergent weed and feed is applied in early spring so the herbicide is in place before the undesirable weeds germinate. Pre-emergent herbicide works by inhibiting germination. It must be watered with at least one-half inch of water to move the chemical from the surface into the soil. Post-emergent herbicides, however, must be applied while the weeds are actively growing because for the chemical to work, the herbicide must be absorbed into the plant.

How They Work

Weed and feed products consist of fertilizers such as nitrogen or potassium, and a pre-emergent or post-emergent herbicide. If the weed and feed is designed for spring application, it contains a pre-emergent. If it is designed for later in the growing season, it incorporates a post-emergent herbicide. Knowing which one you are using is important because the herbicides affect plants in significantly different ways.

The weed seeds are prevented from reaching the soil, and thus, they can’t proceed with their germination.

How to Add a Pre-emergent Weed Killer

One other thing to do is be sure not to water your lawn after you use weed killing products. This dilutes it and prevents it from doing its job.

How Long Do Weed Killers Last in Soil?

A beautiful lawn makes a great place to spend time in the garden, for kids to play, and to hang out during the summer.