When to Apply Weed and Feed
If you’re interested in getting into gardening or growing plants as a hobby or recreational activity, then you will need to become familiar with the term “weed and feed”. This term is considered slang for the act of applying a mixture of pesticide and fertilizer to your garden in order to maximize plant growth and final yield.
However, most amateurs think that there is no science behind applying weed and feed to a garden. Got a pest problem? Apply as much weed as you want; the more weed you put, the faster those pesky critters will die. If your plants aren’t growing well, apply as much feed as you want! After all, fertilizer has to be good for plants, right?
What most people don’t realize however, that haphazard application of weed and feed actually does more bad than good for your garden. You have to keep in mind that these are chemical applications, and that applying them to your garden may result in long-lasting effects, especially if you place them repeatedly.
Applying “weed” to your garden should only be done sparsely. The first thing that you should do is to learn which pest is attacking your garden. It can generally fall into one of five types of pest: insect, virus, bacteria, fungi or nematode. Each of these pests have their own type of “weed” that kills them, and researching on it can help you choose which type of weed would be most effective. You will also need to search when the time (or life stage) of the pest would your applied weed be most effective.
The same principle goes for applying feed. Different types of plants needs different types of fertilizer, and this can still change depending on the type of soil, weather condition and climate that you have. You will need to study all these factors in order to find out which type of feed will work most effectively, and even then you will need to apply it only sparingly.