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i still see alot of weeds (less than I started with) after I applied Scotts Turf builder weed & feed!!!

what do I do now after I applied turf builder weed & feed & I still see active weeds clove weeds??
asked 1 month, 4 weeks ago
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racinecourts
Chicago, IL, USA
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Weed b gone
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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bwhite
Moore, Oklahoma
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probably didn't use the correct setting on the spreader , too thin a coating
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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Illinois, USA
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Wait for a little while to make sure the weeds are dying out, sometimes it takes a minute,if your spreader was not set on the right dial this can cause the seeds to not penetrate all of the areas in the lawn.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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Belleville Mi.
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Turf builder plus 2 (weed & feed) is not nearly effective on clover or ivy or creeping charlie type weeds. You may have to use a product that addresses clover/creeping charlie more directly.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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make sure you apply the product when the grass/weeds are damp perferly very early morning
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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StevenPer
Cannonsburg, MI 49341, USA
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over-seed with lawn fertilizer/dirt/weed free/give a nice rake/thatch and apply seed with dirt on top and water
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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Toronto, ON, Canada
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Give it a little more time. Are you sure your weeds are the kind controlled by Scotts Weed and Feed?
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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LeonardPul
Roanoke Rapids, NC, USA
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If you have a lot of weeds, especially small-leafed ones, the Ortho liquid lawn weed killer works really well. The granules in the weed and feed don't always stay on the leaves long enough to take effect.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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Richardson
Lakewood, WA, USA
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answer 9
This product is a lawn fertilizer and does not control weeds. We are sorry to hear that Turf Builder Weed & Feed did not control your clover. If clover is still an issue you may need to wait 4 weeks after using the Turf Builder Weed & Feed and apply a weed control that is safe for your lawn type. This link will provide further information. http://www.scotts.com/smg/goART2/so...
answered 1 month, 4 weeks ago
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Marysville, OH, USA
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My yard was over-fertilized about 3 weeks ago and has a few brown spots. What can I do?

asked 2 months, 3 weeks ago
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Gently tug on a fistful of grass to check to see if the brown grass is still viable. If the grass roots are attached to the soil, water the areas for 20 to 30 minutes (1/2 inch) every 2 to 3 days. Do not apply any other products to the areas for at least 6 weeks while the grass recovers. If the grass roots are brown, brittle and not attached to the soil the areas will need to be reseeded in the fall.
answered 2 months, 3 weeks ago
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Marysville, OH, USA
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well if your brown spots are dead grass you need to re seed. I just
sprinkle the Scotts seed mix, already mixed after I pull the dead stuff away and poke hole in soil then sprinkle the seed mix water daily and in a week or two it should be filled in. You should be able
to stop watering there daily once it takes off. This could be done any time of year. works for me.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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california
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Rake the area and apply Scott Seed, Fertilizer and Mulch Mix. Water often and it will be perfect.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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LeonardPul
Roanoke Rapids, NC, USA
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I HAD THIS PROBLEM AFTER I PUT DOWN THE SCOTTS I WATERED IT INTO THE YARD THAT NIGHT AND ALL OF THE NEXT TWO DAYS WE HAD HEAVY RAIN. I GOT A FEW BROWN SPOTS DUE TO THE SCOTTS WASHING INTO THE LOW SPOTS OF MY YARD . I RAKED IT OUT AND AFTER SEVERAL WEEKS THE YARD CAME BACK AND LOOKS GREAT AGAIN
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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Let it go. Skip the next fertilizer schedule. DO, however, lime it during the next schedule.
answered 2 weeks, 5 days ago
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Enfield, CT, USA
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How long after planting a new lawn should Turf builder/ fertilizer be applied?

asked 3 weeks, 1 day ago
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Greener
Rainier, WA 98576, USA
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Turf Builder Lawn Food can be applied any time before or after new grass is planted.
answered 3 weeks ago
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ScottsCustomerCare
Marysville, OH, USA
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Wait until the second mowing. Regardless of which product you are using, you'll be in the clear.
answered 2 weeks, 5 days ago
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DavidLaB
Enfield, CT, USA
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Immediately, but lightly!
answered 2 weeks, 5 days ago
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Springboro, OH, USA
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2 weeks
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How long should I wait between Turf Builder Lawn Food and Summerguard?

asked 2 months, 3 weeks ago
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Allow at least 6 to 8 weeks between the applications of Scotts Turf Builder Lawn Food and Scotts Turf Builder Summerguard.
answered 2 months, 3 weeks ago
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ScottsCustomerCare
Marysville, OH, USA
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I would wait 6 weeks
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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judy23
california
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I feed my lawn every 3 months.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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Sac., CA
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6 to 8 weeks
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Stratford, CT, USA
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6 to 8 week application question

Due to a scheduling error on my part, I was wondering if I could reapply scotts turf builder in the 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 week time frame this one time. End of season schedule got messed up, still would like to thatch, overseed etc.
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asked 4 weeks, 1 day ago
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It is still recommended to wait at least 6 weeks before reapplying Turf Builder Lawn Food.
answered 4 weeks ago
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ScottsCustomerCare
Marysville, OH, USA
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Yes that can be done. As long as it is not mid Summer you will be fine. Lime at the same time you fertilize.
answered 2 weeks, 5 days ago
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Enfield, CT, USA
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Presuming you're applying product late in the season (in cooler weather), reapplication shouldn't be an issue, as Scott's is time-released, unlike certain bargain brands which dispense full dose as soon as they're applied. This said, "cooler" is relative -- I'm presuming daytime temperatures in the 60's or lower. Also, after a lawn goes dormant, fertilization has very limited benefit. Search this out on the internet and I believe you'll discover the same information. Good luck!
answered 2 weeks, 5 days ago
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Springboro, OH, USA
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When should i apply the lawn food in relation to reseeding in the spring?

asked 1 year, 6 months ago
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Scotts Turf Builder Lawn Fertilizer with 2% Iron can be applied anytime before or after seeding.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
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Marysville, OH, USA
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starter fertilizer can be used even after the grass is growing. it will not hurt anything as long as u don't use too much. u can tryputting a little less on at each application but put it onmore often to keep it from going dormant or falling off because of starvation. I have used starter. fertilizer for the first treatment after being planted and had good luck.then use the recommended fertilizer that Scott's reccomends for that time of year.
answered 1 year ago
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Watertown NY lawn police
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I applied turf buildler last spring

and all that happened was my lawn became full of weeds - It's a mess. What can I do now to hopefully make it better this year? I do need to seed some areas where I killed off some of the weeds last fall.
asked 1 year, 5 months ago
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Depending on the amount of weeds, you may want to totally clear out the area with a non selective herbicide and start seeding from scratch. The other option is to seed now, fertilize and then once the seed is established, start attacking the weekds with a selective weed control.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
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ScottsCustomerCare
Marysville, OH, USA
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this is straight non selective lawn food that will make everything that is green grow. wait in between the recommended intervals for applying product and apply a product that has the weed and crabgrass control/preventer in it. that should be more effective.
answered 1 year ago
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Watertown NY lawn police
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will it stop new seed from growing?

1) can i use this while im seeding new seeds.

2) I got Scotts speedygreen 1000 spreader and i dont see it anywhere in the spreader list that says speedygreen 1000. is this spreader no longer use? "fyi" i got this spreader at a garage sales.
asked 1 year, 3 months ago
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Minnesota
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Scotts Turf Builder Lawn Food does not interfere with seeding and can be used anytime before or after seeding a lawn. The spreader setting for the Scotts SpeedyGreen 1000 will be found listed under the "Scotts Rotary Spreader Settings" heading on all bags of Scotts and Ortho products that can be applied in a spreader.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
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ScottsCustomerCare
Marysville, OH, USA
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I would use a starter fertilizer for seeeding grass. if you use this it is not fine enough to be effective quick enough to help out the new seed in time.

I have not used the spreader u speak of. a new spreader Can be bought cheaply at walmarts.
answered 1 year ago
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Watertown NY lawn police
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How long after applying can I mow?

asked 1 year, 1 month ago
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so cal
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You can mow the lawn right after the Turf Builder has been watered in.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
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ScottsCustomerCare
Marysville, OH, USA
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at least 4-5 days. a good rain will help
answered 1 year ago
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Watertown NY lawn police
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Is it better to water right after you mow?

asked 1 year, 1 month ago
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Orange County, CA
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There is no advantage to watering after you mow.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
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ScottsCustomerCare
Marysville, OH, USA
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if you are not watering everyday wait a day or two to water. you can apply fertlizer right after you mow. you are not supposed to mow for about 5 days after application of fertilizer anyways. so mow then fertilizer directly after then water two times or so within the next five days. I have had good luck doing it that wat. the iron will give it a real good Color and give a quick perk.
answered 1 year ago
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Does the Scotts Turf Builder Ever Expire?

If I have a bag from last year, does it lose it's potency? Does it ever go bad? Does it get to old to use, Thanks
asked 3 months, 1 week ago
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North Jersey
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Lawn fertilizers without controls, such as this product, have an indefinite shelf life if they are stored correctly. It is important to store the product in an area that is cool and dry and away from other pesticides and household cleaners. We suggest sealing any open packages by rolling the tops down. After rolling the top of the bag tightly, secure it with a strong tape, such as duct tape.
answered 3 months, 1 week ago
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ScottsCustomerCare
Marysville, OH, USA
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no
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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North east North Dakota
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Applied product and within 48 recieved significant rain. What do I do?

I applied this product last week and two days later we received over 4.5" of rain. Should I reapply the product now or is it ok?
asked 3 months ago
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Substantial amounts of rain shortly after the application may diminish the effectiveness of the fertilizer. In cases such as this it is important not to reapply any sooner than 6-8 weeks, as too much fertilizer can harm grass.
answered 2 months, 4 weeks ago
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Marysville, OH, USA
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It depends on where you are living, soil type, and your type of grass. In the south with Bermuda grass and with a fairly hard/packed soil a great amount of the fertilizer will run off so we would fertilize again. If your soil is more open and you don't have a lot of run off from the rain then I would hold off for a few weeks and keep an eye on your lawn and then fertilize if necessary.
answered 1 month ago
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Lubbock, TX, USA
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Is there much difference between Scotts Turf Builder Winterguard and normal Scotts Turf Builder?

The only thing I can see is that the regular Scotts Turf Builder has 2% iron and Winterguard does not. Can someone tell me if it is okay to just use regular Scotts Turf Builder in the fall instead of Winterguard? I have a bag left over from the summer and I don't want to go drop $50 on Winterguard if I don't have to. Thanks. PS
asked 11 months ago
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yes, use it. It will green up your lawn and make it green faster in spring. Iron is just an element to promote faster greening. Not all soil needs iron.
answered 11 months ago
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Indiana, USA
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There are two main differences between this product and Turf Builder WinterGuard. There is 2% iron in the Turf Builder Lawn Food and none in the WinterGuard. Also, the WinterGuard has 10% potassium, where the regular Lawn Food has 4%.
answered 11 months ago
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Marysville, OH, USA
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I bought turf builder lawn food and weed & feed.What order should I use them.

asked 4 months, 1 week ago
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depending on the time of year I would use weed and feed first.
Later use turf builder. later in the summer when it starts to get hot and the grass is stressing watch out for weeds, they love those conditions.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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RogerLCar
North east North Dakota
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Turf Builder Lawn Food may be used anytime the lawn is actively growing, and Turf Builder Weed and Feed is best utilized when broadleaf weeds are actively growing in the lawn (typically mid-late spring). You must wait at least 6 weeks between the application of these two products. Our Lawn Care Program Building Tool will be able to help with the timings in your area. http://www.scotts.com/smg/node2/SCO...
answered 4 months, 1 week ago
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Marysville, OH, USA
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How soon after using Turf builder lawn food can I spray for weeds

How soon after I fertilize should I wait to spray for weeds? And, what should the watering conditions be? Such as fertilize and water in and then apply weed killer when grass is dry or wet?
asked 3 months ago
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You can spray weeds any time before or after the application. If your lawn is dry, water a couple of days before the application. It is not necessary to water immediately after the application unless your temperatures have been or will be above 90 degrees. Make sure to read the label of the weed control you plan to use and follow those watering instructions.
answered 3 months ago
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Marysville, OH, USA
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You should get after the weeds as soon as possible.
the best time is in the morning when the lawn is damp. The dampness helps the weed killer stick to the plants. you could even dampen the lawn by hand too.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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North east North Dakota
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i used step one and two,should i apply turf builder in july

asked 2 months, 4 weeks ago
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You can use Turf Builder Lawn food as your next application. We suggest waiting at least 6-8 weeks between each fertilizer application. Please make sure to water the application if the temperatures are expected to exceed 85F.
answered 2 months, 4 weeks ago
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Marysville, OH, USA
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Yes helps to feed
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Montgomery, AL, USA
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Seeding and fertilizing

I used turf builder and turf builder starter food for new grass. I put seeds down in a shaded area. Will this combo harm my grass?
asked 2 months, 4 weeks ago
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Too much fertilizer at one time is not beneficial for grass and could harm it. We suggest waiting at least 2-4 weeks from the application of Turf Builder Starter Food before applying Turf Builder Lawn Food.
answered 2 months, 4 weeks ago
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Marysville, OH, USA
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no
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North east North Dakota
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Does Turf Builder WITH weed control expire?

You recently addressed whether Turf Builder without weed control expires and answered "no". What about Turf Builder with weed control. I have a bag from summer of 2012 and am wondering if it is still good.

THanks.
asked 3 weeks, 5 days ago
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Yes it would be good but dampness may have gotten to it and it would be hard to spread.
answered 3 weeks, 4 days ago
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Philipsburg, PA
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The lawn food portion of Turf Builder Weed & Feed does not expire but the weed control portion can. We recommend using the Turf Builder Weed & Feed within 3 - 5 years as the control may lose its effectiveness.
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Marysville, OH, USA
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used Turf Builder lawn food and now I have brown spots through out my yard after using the product Why?

asked 1 year, 1 month ago
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Things like heat, insects, disease, pet damage, over application of fertilizer or a few problems aggravating each other are several of the reasons that brown spots can develop in the lawn. Check with your local nursery to have the problem identified. If you feel the issue is product burn, provide a 1/2 inch of water every 2 to 3 days for the next 3 to 4 weeks to help the lawn recover. If we can provide any additional assistance please call us at 877-465-5160.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
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Marysville, OH, USA
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Depends what's causing the brown spots. Could be burn, insects, or fungus. What time of year are you talking about?
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Enfield, CT, USA
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I HAVE LONG STRRINGY DEAD GRASS, WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?

I HAVE LARGE PATCHES OF LONG STRINGY DEAD GRASS (AT LEAST I THINK IT IS GRASS, MAY BE A TYPE OF WEED).
I HAVE RAKED PILES OF IT UP, BUT THEIR IS STILL SOME OF THE STINGY GRASS LEFT.
I HAVE BEEN PULLING THE STRING OUT BY HAND.
WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST, SO I CAN GET GOOD GRASS TO GROW IN THOSE AREAS (SUNNY AREAS OF THE LAWN).
THANKS
asked 1 year ago
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When you are trying to grow new grass, we recommend that you prepare the area by loosening the soil. Use one of our Turf Builder WaterSmart Plus grass seed mixes. Follow it up with Turf Builder Lawn Food for New Grass after about four weeks.

Turf Builder Lawn Food is formulated for mature grass. This product would be used on the lawn after your new grass is well-established.
answered 1 year ago
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Marysville, OH, USA
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I suggest using a dethatcher (available at a Local lawn rental company.) Get as much of the dead grass out as you can. Then, apply a good amount of lime to the area. It's hard to apply too much lime. Just don't go crazy with it. I would suggest aerating the soil and seeding the soil either before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. Apply Scotts starter fertilizer with the seed and water twice daily. Morning and late afternoon is best.
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Enfield, CT, USA
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