Maintaining a thriving and vibrant lawn is a source of pride for any homeowner. While the market is brimming with various lawn care products, there's an interesting strategy that can simplify your efforts and provide outstanding results – applying two products at once. Whether it's fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides, applying products on the same day can save time and effort. However, there are some things to keep in mind when doing so. In this blog, we'll delve into the intricacies of this approach.
Apply One, Then the Other
When we say "apply together", or "apply at once", what we really mean is applying one product, then the other. You would not want to combine a fertilizer and an insecticide, for example, in the same spreader hopper and go. This is because each of the products you are applying may have a different application rate in which it needs applied.
This rule almost always applies unless otherwise is noted on the specific product label, such as soil amendments like BioChar DG, Humic DG and HumiChar.
The first thing you should note about the products you want to apply together is do either of these products have N-P-K (fertilizer)? If both products have NPK, you should not be applying these on the same day, unless otherwise is noted on the specific product label. Typically, fertilizers should be not be applied closer than 30 days between applications. If you are applying two products and only one of them has NPK, for example, PGF 16-0-8 and DuoCide, you are perfectly fine to do so.
Be sure to take note the watering instructions specific to each of the products you are applying. For example, a Weed & Feed needs to be applied to wet foliage and not watered-in for at least 24 hours. While, a soil amendment should be applied to dry foliage and then immediately watered-in. In this case, you would not want to apply one, then the other, then water, but rather apply the soil amendment to dry foliage, water it in, then apply the Weed & Feed. The application order matters!
If you were applying one product, then another, and both of the products need watered in immediately after application, it is perfectly acceptable to apply these one after the other. In this case, you would not water in between applications, but rather apply one, then the other, then water.
Once you have determined the order in which you are applying your products, be sure to take note of the recommended spreader settings for each of the products. If the products have different application rates, it is important to adjust your spreader setting accordingly in between your product applications.
It is also important to note the coverage of each bag of the products you are applying. Just because your lawn may take an entire bag of one product, doesn't mean the same will apply to the other.
*This blog provides general guidelines for applying two lawn care products within a short time-frame. Always read product labels to their entirety and follow their product-specific guidelines during application.*