2. Excessive application of weed killers is wasteful and dangerous.
Quick-release fertilizers, commonly used in most weed ‘n feed products, apply a quick and heavy dose of nutrients to the lawn, and are likely to wash off. Another main ingredient in “weed and feed” – atrazine, should never be used on 99.9% of residential sites, and many commercial sites. Simply said, atyrtazine kills trees in addition to broad-leasf weeds. And tree roots cover the entirety of many residential lots.
Once you begin a program of using synthetic fertilizers, your lawn becomes dependent on these chemicals for every following year. However, over-fertilizing with synthetic chemicals disinfects or kills most of the beneficial fungi and organisms in soil. This makes it more difficult to build naturally healthy turf which contains beneficial organisms. Result; you need to buy more of their products every year.
5. There are safer, more effective alternatives.
Inundating your lawn with synthetic chemicals may do harm to other living things that frequent your yard. Pets, wildlife, even small children may be harmed. The good news is that you can have a beautiful, healthy lawn without using blanket applications of synthetic chemicals.