Feeding Your Lawn
Clean up. Walk over your lawn and gather any twigs, branches or other debris that has appeared over winter. Dispose of trash, and add small twigs and leaves to your compost pile. Then, rake out dead grass. It can also go on the compost pile, unless it contains weeds.
Using a hand rake or other tool, loosen the top layer of soil to give the new seed a better chance to nestle in and begin to build strong roots. Next, apply Scotts® EZ Seed® Patch and Repair over the entire bare spot, following label directions. This combination of high-performance seed, absorbent growing material (to help keep seeds from drying out), and continuous-release fertilizer guarantees grass to grow anywhere*. Just be sure to choose the right seed for your grass type.
Keep Your Lawn Clean
Feed. Keep feeding your lawn every six to eight weeks. For a lush lawn with deep green hue, try Scotts® Green Max™ Lawn Food. If your lawn is under attack from bugs like ants or ticks, use Scotts® Turf Builder® Summerguard® Lawn Food with Insect Control, which both kills and protects against listed insect pests.
Granular weed and feed covers more area, often 5,000 square feet or more, and are available in 18-lb bags and larger. Granular versions offer a better value for your money, but you do need to water your lawn after application for it to penetrate the grass.
Ahead, read our guide to understanding weed-and-feed products, as well as the details on our top-favorite picks among the best weed-and-feed options available.
Types of Weed and Feed
Cool-season turfgrasses grow best with average soil temperatures between 60 and 75 Fahrenheit. Cool-season grasses thrive in the cooler climates of the Midwest and Northern regions of the United States. Some cool-season grasses are Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and tall and hard fescue.
Many fertilizers also have built-in herbicides or weed preventatives. Some products are better at killing certain types of weeds and pests than others. In general, most weed and feed target common types of broadleaf weeds including plantain, chickweed, creeping charlie, dandelions, and clover.
To grow a lush lawn, your soil needs to have essential nutrients. Fertilizers temporarily add nutrients to the soil. Fertilizers denote their nutrient ratios as NPK. This denotation represents the percentage of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) in the product. This is how the nutrients help grass:
For any lawn fertilizer product to be pet safe, the onus is on you to follow the directions as indicated. If you follow the directions, then the Scotts products won’t hurt your pet when you let your dog back on your grass.
You will find Scotts Turf Builder with Halts, and WinterGuard Plus come rated as moderately toxic and can irritate skin and eyes. They add all this under the caution label on all bags of lawn fertilizers.
Is Scotts Turf Builder Grass Seed Safe for dogs?
It’s generally safe for pets once you apply as instructed, yet there are some modest risks. Halts is a pre-emergent herbicide to kill weeds before germination as the soil warms. It needs use in spring for the grass to become well-established.
If you don’t wish to worry about your dog, you can water in the products.
Scotts suggest applying the product before your third or fourth mowing and when daytime temperatures consistently reach into 80s Fahrenheit. You can also use pet-friendly weed and feed chemicals in late fall if you want.