Quick Tips for a Beautiful Lawn
- Water your lawn for one hour each week. (i.e. Infrequently, but deeply.) Early morning is best.
- Use slow-release lawn fertiliser spread evenly across your lawn. (Be sure not to use plant fertiliser, as this will help weeds thrive instead of your grass.)
- Leave your grass a little longer when you cut it (2.5-3 inches), this helps prevent it drying out quickly.
- Leave grass clippings on your lawn, this will help the nitrogen seep back into the lawn.
Weed & Feed Banned in Alberta from 2010
Why is Weed and Feed Banned?
The active ingredient in Weed and Feed is 2,4-D. This chemical is running off lawns and into city storm drainage systems, and into drains and rivers. While the amount identified is typically below the federal limit, the ban is intended to reduce the levels further.
Is 2,4-D actually Agent Orange?
No, it's only about 50% of Agent Orange. Many of the problems associated with the use of Agent Orange were associated with a contaminant (dioxin) in the 2,4,5-T component of the defoliant.
Is All Weed Killer Banned?
No. In fact, herbicides using 2,4-D will still be available for sale but not as a combination product. The intent of the ban is to prevent unneccesary application of the chemical across the entire lawn; Using herbicide on problem areas is fine. (In fact, we would recommend this anyway.)