First, weed and feed is a product that helps boost your lawn while killing weeds. It attaches itself to broadleaf weeds like dandelions and clover but does not target things like crabgrass. It also stops germination which is why you should not plant grass seed soon after using weed and feed.

If you are not opposed to using herbicides or fertilizers, here is what you should know before you buy a bag of weed and feed.

Pros of Weed and Feed

It works. Weed and feed effectively kills those pesky weeds that show the most in your lawn–those with broadleaves. Like any chemical, it works by cutting your work short. If you don’t have time to manually pull weeds and create organic compost to fertilize your lawn, then a bag of weed and feed will help you out.

Cons of Weed and Feed

Beyond it’s effectiveness to do the job, weed and feed really isn’t good for the environment, people, or most plants. It kills weeds and it will kill flowers if you let it. Thurston County, Washington reports that studies done by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that weed and feed products get into homes as well as our bodies. In households where there are children and dogs, the levels of the harmful chemicals are higher inside the home than outside where the weed and feed was initially placed. Outside on the lawn, the chemicals are broken down by the natural elements. The chemicals in weed and feed (2,4-D, dicamba and MCPP) have been linked to cancer, reproductive problems, and neurological diseases.

The chemicals that are not broken down is washed away and ends up filtering in the local water source.

There are other ways to do the job, but they do take more effort. You decide what your priorities are and make your choices from there. After all, weed and feed is legal.