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Most people will already know this, but there's numerous times I see people spreading weed-n-feed in the mid-morning throughout the rest of the day.

A granular weed-n-feed needs the leaves of the dandelion to be wet. This means either run your irrigation system as you're spreading, covering each "zone" as it finishes, or spread the fertilizer in the early morning with a heavy dew, or right after a rain.

If you are going to apply a granular weed-n-feed, run your hand in the grass first. If it isn't real real wet, chances are you're not going to see very good results. You'll FEED great, but you won't WEED much of anything.

Just trying to save some people the hassle and expense of re-applying, or giving up applying because "it never does any good anyways".

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Thanks for the tip.

When is a good time of year to apply W-n-F? Anytime? Only when cool?

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Right now as the dandelions are "blooming", or in the fall.

Truthfully the best time is right after a frost in the fall. The frost will trigger the plants to take in all the energy for wintering, and will pull the most amount of chemical into the root system.

If you wait until after bloom in the spring, once they turn to seen, they'll basically turn dormant again, until the fall bloom cycle.

You can still kill them, but it won't be nearly as effective.

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For those that have the time Tuesday morning (5-20), if you've already got the granular weed-n-feed available, it would be an ideal early morning application, if you got this rain Monday / Monday evening.

There'll be a fairly heavy dew in the morning, and with the stiff wind come Tuesday afternoon, it'll dry on the leaf quickly.

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