The Ultimate Guide to Achieving a Lush Green Lawn

A well-nourished lawn is the envy of the neighborhood. It not only looks beautiful but also has a stronger root system, making it better equipped to handle various stresses like heat, cold, drought, mowing, and foot traffic. While fertilizing your lawn once a year can improve its condition, feeding it four times a year will make it even healthier and more vibrant.

Creating Your Custom Lawn Program

To transform your lawn into the best on the block, it’s essential to follow a fertilizer schedule. By signing up for the personalized Scotts® Lawn Care Program, you can simplify the process. Just answer a few questions about your grass and yard, and they will send you the perfect fertilizers at the right time for application. It couldn’t be easier! Don’t forget to equip yourself with a reliable spreader like the Scotts® Whirl™ Hand-Powered Spreader to make the application a breeze.

Embrace the Early Spring

When spring arrives, your hungry lawn wakes up from its winter slumber. This is the perfect time to strengthen the roots and kickstart healthy growth. Apply early spring lawn fertilizer between February and April, just as the grass starts to green up and actively grow. It’s a great idea to consider the Scotts® Turf Builder® Annual Program, which provides all the necessary nutrients and also prevents crabgrass and other grassy weeds.

Late Spring Boost

By late spring, your grass is already using up its stored energy and requires additional nourishment. Apply lawn fertilizer once between April and June, approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the early spring feeding. If you have opted for the Scotts® Turf Builder® Annual Program, apply the Spring product now. It not only promotes strong root growth but also eliminates broadleaf weeds like dandelion and clover.

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Conquer the Challenges of Summer

Summer can be tough on your lawn due to heat, drought, foot traffic, and insects. Fertilizing during this season is crucial to protect and strengthen your grass. Apply summer lawn fertilizer between June and August, about 6 to 8 weeks after the late spring feeding. If you are using the Scotts® Turf Builder® Annual Program, the Summer product will help your lawn make the most of each watering and encourage deep root growth. In areas prone to insect issues like chinch bugs or fleas, consider using Scotts® Turf Builder® Summerguard® Lawn Food with Insect Control.

Prepare for the Winter Nap

As fall approaches, your lawn needs a boost to recover from summer damage and prepare for the winter ahead. Apply fall lawn fertilizer between August and November, right before winter sets in. This timing provides the necessary nutrients to strengthen the roots and store nitrogen for a healthy and green lawn next spring. The Scotts® Turf Builder® Annual Program Fall product is an excellent choice for its ability to promote strong root growth while eliminating many broadleaf weeds.

Follow these tips for your specific region:

  • In the North, use Scotts® Turf Builder® WinterGuard® Fall Lawn Food twice during fall, once around Labor Day and again 6 to 8 weeks later, to ensure strong root growth.
  • In the South, opt for Scotts® Turf Builder® Bonus® S Southern Weed & Feed2 for fall lawn fertilization. This product effectively nourishes your lawn while controlling troublesome weeds, making it ideal for St. Augustine, centipede, or zoysia lawns. If you have a Bermuda lawn, consider Scotts® Turf Builder® WinterGuard® Fall Weed & Feed3.
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With these simple guidelines and the right fertilizers, you can create a lawn that will impress everyone who sees it. Don’t wait any longer – start fertilizing today and watch your grass transform into a lush, green masterpiece.

Ready to take your lawn to the next level? Visit the Ames Farm Center for top-quality fertilizers and expert advice. Your dream lawn is just a click away!