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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.
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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, 3 months ago
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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 11 months ago
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Is it better to water right after you mow?

asked 11 months ago
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There is no advantage to watering after you mow.
answered 11 months ago
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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.
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How long after applying can I mow?

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You can mow the lawn right after the Turf Builder has been watered in.
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at least 4-5 days. a good rain will help
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When should i apply the lawn food in relation to reseeding in the spring?

asked 1 year, 4 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, 4 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 11 months ago
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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, 1 month ago
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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, 1 month ago
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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 11 months ago
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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 10 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 9 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 10 months ago
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Safe to use in conjunction with another fertilizer

If i apply Turf Builder Bonus S weed & feed can i apply some of this as well?
asked 1 year, 5 months ago
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In order to prevent applying too much fertilizer in too short of a time period, we suggest waiting 6-8 weeks between the application of this product and another fertilizer.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
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How do I apply this product on a flood irrigated yard

I have a flood irrigated yard & I would like to know how long prior to flooding my lawn that I should apply the fertilizer. If I water it in immediately following the application, will that help keep it in place?
Thank you.
asked 1 year, 3 months ago
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In a situation like this we would suggest applying the fertilizer after a flood irrigation rather than prior to it. The Scotts all in one fertilizer particle is not water soluble and it is broken down by the microbes in the soil but in a situation where flooding is expected it may not stay evenly dispersed throughout the lawn.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
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Chickweed! Lots & lots of chickweed! How do I get rid of it for good?

asked 1 year, 3 months ago
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In a mix of Kentucky Blue, Rye and Fescue type lawn we recommend using Ortho's Chickweed Clover and Oxalis Killer.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
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Marysville, OH, USA
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Just spread Malorganite, can I add Scotts Turf Builder at same time?

Can I apply both so close together or will it be too much & burn my lawn? It's Labor Day weekend. Should I just wait a few more weeks & add Scotts Winterizer instead of Turf Builder?
asked 11 months ago
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We recommend that you wait around eight weeks between applications of fertilizer products. Using WinterGuard would be an excellent choice at that time.
answered 11 months ago
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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 11 months 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.
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Can I mix seed and scotts turf builder together, and after this has been applied, in two weeks or so (before the winter) can I add some lime?

This is my second year taking care of my lawn, and I had to really work hard at it, because it hadn't been taken care of by the previous owners. It looks pretty good now, but crabgrass or some kind of weed has recently grown, and in spots there is some kind of thick grass growing. Is it true also that if your neighbors don't take care of their lawn, your lawn picks up some of their weeds and stuff their grass may be growing? What can I do and when can I do it. I live in Chicago and our weather is unpredictable. I need to seed because there are some areas that might be thinning. Normally I have been using Scotts all season, and I use Miracle Grow when I water once or twice a season. It is one of the greenest grasses on my block.
asked 10 months ago
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If you use Turf Builder WaterSmart Plus seed, the coating contains a starter fertilizer and lime. After a month, you could feed the lawn for the winter. We wouldn't suggest adding more lime unless you test your soil pH and find it needs to be changed.

It is certainly true that if neighboring lawns have a lot of weeds that go to seed, it will increase the weed pressure in your lawn. If that is the situation, we recommend a weed preventer in the early spring, like Turf Builder with Halts.
answered 10 months ago
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Apply before or after winter overseeding in AZ?

I'm planning to overseed in the next few weeks. How soon after the seed germinates can I apply? Or should I be using a different product?
asked 10 months ago
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This product does not contain any controls and can be used anytime before or after seeding. If you are seeding large bare areas then you may want to consider using Scotts Turf Builder Starter Food.
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Pet safe

Is the Scotts® Turf Builder® Lawn Food safe for pets i.e. dogs?
Is it acceptable to use on Bermuda grass ?

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Scotts Turf Builder Lawn is safe for all grass types including bermudagrass. When used according to the label direction it is safe to use in areas where pets live and play. Keep pets out of the treated area until the products has been watered in and allowed to dry.
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What setting for the handheld spreader?

Hello, I have the scotts handheld spreader and was wondering what setting I can use?
asked 4 months, 1 week ago
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When applying this product with the Scotts HandyGreen II hand spreader we suggest using a setting of 3.
answered 4 months, 1 week ago
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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 11 months 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.
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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
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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.
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I see "lawn pro" on some bags, difference?

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The LawnPro call out, indicates that the product is a member of our product line available only to Independent Nurseries and Garden Centers retailers.
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I am looking for a coupon when I purchase turf builder plus halts and crabgrass preventer. Can you send me one by email

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You can receive notification of any current or future coupons by registering for our site, and allowing promotional alerts in your user settings.
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Does the temperature matter when applying?

Does this fertilizer have to be applied during certain temperatures like grass seed does? It's technically spring in chicago right now but the temps have not been favorable for putting down seed yet so I was curious about this lawn food.
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While it is not required, we suggest waiting until the temperatures are above 60F and the grass is actively growing in the spring before applying a lawn fertilizer. If it is over 85F we suggest watering the product in immediately after application. Certain southern lawn types may have even more specifics about temperature and timing, as they go dormant during the winter.
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