The Q&A Archives: Lawn Care

Question: We put the Scotts Turf Builder Plus 2 with weed control down in late March. We then did the Grubex insect control down in Mid-May. The lawn in the back yard is getting weedy (it was not fertilized by the previous owners last year). The front lawn is okay, but not thick. What should be our next step in cultivating a stronger, weed free lawn? (Its likely to rain this weekend and I know a lot of time the products suggest you use them when the ground is freshly wet or likely to become wet soon.) Thanks.

Answer: If you put your lawn on a regular feeding, watering and mowing schedule, it will grow thick and lush enough to crowd out most weeds. Turfgrass needs to be watered once or twice a week, depending upon weather. Deep soakings are preferable to daily sprinklings. Scott's Turfbuilder is a great product. Plan on feeding your lawn in April, June, September and late November or early December. Since you fed in late March, you can feed again in mid-June. Use turf builder with weed control if you still have broadleaf weeds in your lawn. Or, while waiting to fertilize in mid-June, you can dig out the largest weeds and reseed the areas. Grass seeds usually germinate in 7-10 days and it should be safe to feed by mid-June.

Best wishes with your garden!

Keep at it and you'll have a terrific lawn.

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