Scotts Lawn Care Program

For many people, taking care of the lawn is a tedious, hit-or-miss affair. Our lives are busy with work, running the kids around, and all the other errands and chores that define life in the 21st century.

Lawn care simply isn't at the top of some peoples' list of priorities, but the Scotts company has created a simple annual lawn care program that takes all of the guesswork out of feeding your lawn.

Scotts is the leader in residential lawn care products, and created the Scotts Annual Lawn Care Program specifically for people who love their lawns thick, green, and lush, but don't have the time or know-how to fine tune a lawn care program of their own.

The grass in a lawn need regular feedings to really thrive. Regular feedings will help grow a lawn that is not only healthy, but will be more able to stand up to heavy traffic and fight off problems such as disease or insect damage. The Scotts Lawn Care Program calls for regular feedings every 6 to 8 weeks, which will go a long way towards creating a healthy lawn to be proud of.

How the Scotts Lawn Care Program Works

Creating an easy-to-follow lawn care program seems like such a logical thing to do, one wonders why it took so long for a company to create it. The Scotts Lawn Care Program is simple to use; to start, go to the Scotts website and answer some basic questions about where you live, and the type of grass you have in your lawn. Scotts will help you identify your grasses if you're not quite sure what type you're dealing with.

Based on your location and grass type, Scotts will identify the products you need, and when to apply them to your lawn.

As an example, for a typical lawn of bluegrass/rye/fescue grasses in our West Michigan area, Scotts has chosen the following plan: (Most northern climate lawns will have the same program. Scotts has slightly different products and schedules for warm-climate lawns)

Early Spring

(Apply late Feb-April): Scotts Turf Builder with Halts Crabgrass Preventer

After the harsh winter, grasses need some TLC to get green and growing again. Crabgrass is an ugly, unwanted 'weed' grass that can quickly take over a lawn if not dealt with.

Halts Crabgrass Preventer puts down a barrier that keeps crabgrass at bay all season long.

Late Spring

(Apply April - June): Scotts Turf Builder with PLUS 2 Weed Control

This application provides another feeding of nutrients to your lawn, helping to build deep, strong grass roots.

It also helps control common lawn weeds like Controls aster, bittercress, black medic, bristly oxtongue, buckhorn, bull thistle, burclover, buttonweed, carpetweed, centella, chickweed, chicory, cinquefoil, clover (white), creeping charlie, cudweed, and others.


(Apply June-August): Scotts Turf Builder with SummerGuard

The hot, dry dog-days of summer are when your grass need nutrients the most.

This application of Scotts SummerGuard Turf Builder feeds the lawn and works to strengthen the grass plants against high temperatures and drought conditions, and also works to control and protect against insect damage.


(Apply September-November): Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard

Your lawn has survived the long, hot summer and is ready to slow things down and prepare for the winter 'hibernation.'

Scotts Turf Builder with WinterGuard gives another deep feeding to protect the lawn for the winter months and strengthen it for a quicker greening come the next spring.

Supplemental Feeding: Scotts Turf Builder with 2% Iron

You can use this product anytime between regular feedings, if your lawn needs a little extra food to help crowd out unwanted weeds.

Scotts Annual Lawn Care Program: Part of a 'Green' Lawn Care Routine

A healthy green lawn has many 'green' attributes other than just its color: the millions of grass plants in a lawn absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and release oxygen; a lawn can help keep temperatures around a home lower during the hot summer months; grass lawns help filter rainwater and control runoff during storms.

The Scotts Lawn Care Program can be part of a 'green' lawn care routine that includes the regular feedings, mowing the grass high, and leaving grass clippings on the lawn.

Go Phosphate-Free with Scotts

Many states are now regulating products with phosphorous ingredients, as excess phosphate can run off into streams and waterways, where it contributes to oxygen depletion and algae blooms, damaging sensitive water ecosystems. Scotts offers phosphate-free versions of all of its lawn care products, including the Annual Lawn Care Program. These phosphate-free products should be used whenever possible to keep your lawn care program even greener.

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