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Is it a good idea to aerate and put down the Turf Builder with Halts Crabgrass Preventer?

I need to aerate my lawn and kill some weeds that have left brown patches in my yard. Crabgrass is not actively growing in the yard but I want to kill the ones from last year and aerate the lawn as well. It hasn't been aerated for at least 5 years now and was wondering if I could put down the Turf Builder with Halts Crabgrass Preventer afterwards. Would that really make a difference in my lawn? Thanks
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Yes, aeration and applying the Turf Builder with Halts will help your lawn. The crabgrass that you see now is dead. It dies in the fall after the first hard frost. The Turf Builder with Halts creates a barrier that prevents germination, so make sure to aerate before applying the product. If the barrier is broken crabgrass may germinate. http://tinyurl.com/mynvgmt
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Marysville, OH, USA
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It makes sense that this product is your answer. My personal experience has me convinced that Scotts® Turf Builder® Halts Crabgrass Preventer with Lawn Food is the best product on the market!
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Aerate before application. If you aerate after applying; breaking the soil will also break the barrier that stops crabgrass from germinating.
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Can I apply in Spring if Fall over-seeding has not germinated

I'm certain the seed roots are down there, but no growth can be seen yet. I over-seeded in October and November with some new topsoil mixed with some leaf mulch.
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No, for grass seed planted in the fall the newly germinated grass must be mowed a total of four times before applying this product. If you have seeded a cool season grass type we suggest using Turf Builder Starter Food plus Weed Prevent as your first application, instead.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
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Marysville, OH, USA
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yes
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Northeast oh.
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IF the grass didn't sprout i wouldn't put it down.
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michigan
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Using Scotts turf builder with halts at the same time as ortho weed b gone max

Hello, Im applying scotts turf builder with halts. The crabgrass seems like it has not quite started to germinate yet, but dandelions have already started popping up. Can I use ortho weed b gone max on the dandelions at the same time I apply the turf builder with halts? If not how long should I wait? Thanks in advance.
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We suggest waiting at least 1 week between applying Scotts Turf Builder with Halts Crabgrass Preventer and Ortho Weed B Gon Lawn Weed Killer.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
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Marysville, OH, USA
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I was advised by the Scott help desk that I don't need to mix this product with any other.
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Grand Prairie, TX, USA
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Is this product good for sod?

I had sod laid last fall, is this fertilizer good for the first feeding this spring?
asked 1 year, 10 months ago
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Nebraska
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This is a good first feeding for cool season lawn types. You will need to have mowed the new sod at least 4 times, including any mowing last fall, before applying this product.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
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Marysville, OH, USA
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I had sod laid in December (Chicago area) and used this product the following spring
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Beecher, IL 60401, USA
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I want to overseed in Philly and also put down Halts. When should I do each?

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Turf Builder with Halts is not compatible with seeding a new lawn, it will prevent new grass seed from germinating for four months after use. If you wish to seed a cool season grass type and prevent weeds we suggest using Turf Builder Starter Food Plus Weed prevent. The best time for application of a crabgrass preventer is between the 1 and 3rd spring mowing of a cool season grass type.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
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Marysville, OH, USA
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Put down Halts in Spring; wait 2-3 weeks and seed.
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Should I cut the grass before applying? It would be the first cut in early April in Delaware.

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Dover, DE, USA
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Yes, it is best to apply Turf Builder with Halts after the first mowing of the season. It can be applied any time after the lawn is mowed.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
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Marysville, OH, USA
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Actually I do apply after the first cut and my spring clean up
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New Jersey, USA
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Will this product prevent overseed or new grass seed on bare spots from germinating? If so, when should we seed?

asked 2 years, 11 months ago
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Northern, VA, USA
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This product will prevent new grass seed from germinating for 4 months after the application. If you wish to seed and prevent crabgrass you may wany to see if Turf Builder Starter Food for New Grass + Weed Preventer is compatible with your lawn type.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
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Marysville, OH, USA
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How long after application should I wait before mowing or having a backyard fire (w/small children)?

The weather has been sunny, with little wind. Temps have been in the 50s or low 60s. My yard is relatively flat. We live in East Tennessee.
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
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We recommend mowing before the application. After the application, do not mow until the product has been watered in and allowed to dry. People and pets should be kept out of the treated area until the product has been watered in and allowed to dry. The product can used on the lawn around fire pit areas.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
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Marysville, OH, USA
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What setting for Andersons SR2000 spreader?

I have an Andersons (Scotts) brand SR2000 spreader. What setting should I use to apply this product at the recommended rate? Thanks.
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
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Unfortunately, we do not have a spreader setting for the Andersons SR2000 spreader. You can use this rule of thumb to determine your spreader setting: Place enough material in the hopper to cover 1,000 square feet. Place your spreader setting on a low setting. (usually one-fourth of the spreader setting range or less. ) Spread the material over a 50 x 20 foot area (1,000 square feet. ) If material is left over, increase your setting. If you come up short, decrease your setting. While this is not a scientific method, it will put you in the ball park. Keep in mind that it is always better to under fertilize than to over fertilize and risk damage to the lawn.
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Marysville, OH, USA
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Can I over seed now March 23 and use Turf Builder with Halt after the seed sprout?

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If you do, you would need to wait until the grass grew and was mowed at least four times. By that point, any crabgrass will be past the point of prevention. If you want to seed and prevent crabgrass, we do make Turf Builder Starter Food for New Grass + Weed Preventer.
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Marysville, OH, USA
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I would like to know if it is safe for pets to walk on and if so how long after application?

asked 2 years, 10 months ago
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Maywood, NJ, USA
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We suggest keeping the pets off the treated area while you are applying Turf Builder with Halts. Water the product in immediately after the application. Once the product has been watered into the soil and the grass has dried, it will be safe for your pets to reenter. If you are not sure how long it will take for the area to dry, wait 24 hours before allowing your pets to re-enter that area.
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Marysville, OH, USA
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How soon after application can pets (Dogs and cats) go on the treated lawn?

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Connecticut, USA
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Pets can reenter the area once the product has been watered in and allowed to dry.
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Marysville, OH, USA
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Why can a hand held spredder not be used? What would happen?

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Terry
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Turf Builder with Halts should not be used in a hand held spreader due to staining potential and health hazards.
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Marysville, OH, USA
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When is the best time to apply this product in SouthWest Ohio?

It's the first week of spring in Cincinnati, OH and I want to get the best possible start on my lawn this year. I have yet to mow or do any type of lawn maintenence this year. When would be the best time to apply Scotts Turf Builder With Halts Crabgrass Preventer? The ground is dry today and I was thinking of applying it today but seems l like I read somewhere that I should mow the lawn several times before application? A quick response would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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This product should be applied before ground temperatures reach 50-55F and crabgrass seeds begin to germinate. This typically coincides sometime between the 1st and 3rd Spring mowing of a cool season lawn.
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Marysville, OH, USA
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Shall I reapply Crabgrass Preventer now in mid August?

We lived in this house for 11 years. It was the first time that I noticed severe crabgrass problem last summer after away from the house for two weeks. I put down ferterizer/weed control in the first couple of years and then my husband took over. He could not tell exactly what kind of ferterizer/weed control containing or not he put down and therefore this Spring I was trying to be extra vigilant in applying pre-emergent crabgrass control at the right time. I believed I put them down in early April. I live in Central Jersey. Several weeks ago crabgrass started to show up in the lawn (I assume these are newly emergent crabgrass). I tried baking soda (seen in an organic gardening post) and some chemical weed killers. Both did not do too well. Baking soda powder just made the crabgrass leave darken a bit but did not kill them completely. Chemical did a little bit better but now there are more. I think some of them are probably another wave of newly emergent crabgrass as some of the crabgrass are brown/purple and I think those are the one treated with chemical before. I wonder whether Spring treatment did not work, or shall I apply another batch of Crabgrass Preventer - some posting says one could do two times a year and at least 4 months apart. Suggestions, ideas? I already put down 1/2 bag of leftover Crabgrass Preventor in the area with most problematic area. Some posting said that crabgrass is annual plant, but there seem to be perennial plant as well? How do I tell whether the one I have (a lot) is annual or perennial?
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You are right, you can apply Halts Crabgrass Preventer twice a year. The Halts will provide up to 4 month control. Halts will provide protection up to early July if applied in early April . After that crabgrass can start to germinate. There are also crabgrass look a likes that can not be control'd by Halts. You might try taking a sample to a reputable nursery to have it identified.
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Marysville, OH, USA
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Overseeded last September, can I use Crabgrass preventer now?

I overseeded last September (live in SE PA). The grass took hold quite well before winter set in. I would like to use crabgrass preventer now - but will it hurt the grass planted last September?
asked 2 years, 11 months ago
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Ideally, you will mow the new grass four times before you use Turf Builder with Halts. With fall seeding, that's usually two or three times in the autumn, then once or twice in the spring.
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Can Halts be used on an established Zoysia lawn ?

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Robbinsville, NJ, USA
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Turf Builder with Halts may be used on Zoysia grass if it is out of winter dormancy. This product does have a fertilizer and we do not suggest feeding a dormant lawn. You may want to consider using Halts Crabgrass and Grassy Weed Preventer, to prevent crabgrass if your lawn is still dormant.
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can I use a wieghted roller on my lawn after applying T/B with Halts?

Would rolling a yard that has some mole damage affect the Halts barrier in the lawn?
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Yes, rolling your lawn after the application of Scotts Turf Builder with Halts may cause a break in the barrier and reduce the crabgrass prevention.
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Marysville, OH, USA
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You should generally only use a weighted roller on the lawn the day a lawn planted. Compaction is not good for a lawn in any manner at any other time than planting time. Mole hills may be collapsed individually though this would be best done prior to any Scotts application.
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If you crush some it won't work.
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EdMc1
Overland Park, KS 66212, USA
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Although raking or thatching is not advised, I would guess that rolling the lawn would not disrupt the product.
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PeterJ
Hamburg, NY 14075, USA
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It should not affect the Halts barrier.
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Little Egg Harbor, NJ
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I don't see why a roller should effect the product. One would not want to disturb the lawn via a process like thatching or rototilling.
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Saratoga Springs, NY, USA
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Shouldn't affect Halts as it is a slow release product. But if you are concerned about burying the pellets, role the yard first. The slow release will allow a barrier to form on top of the soil.
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not necessary
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Leominster, MA, USA
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Weight rollers actually compress the soil which deters good grass and root growth
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Columbus, OH, USA
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will a thunderstorm 7 or 8 hours after application wash away the product?

the directions on the bag say that it needs water within 2 -3 days
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It is not necessary to water this product in; however, we suggest watering this product in with 1/4 to 1/2 inch of water before activity returns to the lawn. Heavy watering or torrential downpours for an extended period of time can slightly diminish the effectiveness of the fertilizer, but will not require reapplication.
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Marysville, OH, USA
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A heavy rain will in deed was away the product. Apply then water in with in 2-3 days lightly ! Avoid applying this product if heavy rain is within 1-2 day.
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I think that it should be fine
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It needs water to dissolve and be effective. It should not wash away and be ineffective unless you get a very heavy rain. Of course, it also depends on your terrain and drainage, but rain is what makes it effective as a barrier to crabgrass sprouting.
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To be the most effective, it is recommended that watering and/or rain be held at least 24-48 hours after application. It gives the product the time to be absorbed into the weeds without diluting.
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Mequon, WI, USA
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No, a thunderstorm within 7 or 8 hours will not wash the product away. Watering in is good as the product provides a barrier against crabgrass germination.
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yes
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Woonsocket, RI, USA
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if it last longer than 1 hour, yes!
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Can I follow up with a second application of Halts Crabgrass Preventer? If so, when?

Last year, I started my Spring with Scotts Turf Builder with Halts and went through the first part of the summer with just limited dandelions but by August, crabgrass was out in full force. Without applying too much preventer in the Spring, I'm curious to see what a good plan of attack would be.
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Scotts Turf Builder with Halts will prevent crabgrass for up to four months. The crabgrass prevention can be extended by applying Scotts Halts Crabgrass and Grassy Weed Prevent eight weeks after your application of Scotts Turf Builder with Halts. http://tinyurl.com/n39oang
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Marysville, OH, USA
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Keep at it it will stop the weeds after a couple of tries.
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Gray maine
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Not in the same season
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Gray maine
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In the north east you need to apply the crabgrass preventer earlier in the spring. Like by second mow of the season.
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Middletown ny
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I re-apply mid summer, usually end of June and have good results. I tend to focus the re-application on the areas of lawn that are disturbed by edging and warmer soil areas like near the curb or driveway where crabgrass really thrives. If I have a heavy thatch area I'll rake that out before re-applying the Halts. The product isn't effective once the soil has been disturbed. Hope that helps.
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Seattle, WA, USA
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I apply Turf Builder with Halts in early Spring and followed by Turf Builder 3 step program throughout the summer. And water every other day during early morning. I have no problem with Crabgrass.
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Hicksville, NY, USA
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after 6 weeks
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