Can I Put Down Scotts Super Turf Builder Plus 2 If I Overseeded Four Weeks Ago?
A well-kept, healthy lawn should be plush, free of weeds and diseases, and as green as the neighbors’ envious hearts. Weed and feed products are designed to provide needed nutrients to the grass while poisoning weeds that want to steal the lawn’s food. Scotts Super Turf Builder with Plus 2 Weed Control works on several species of lawn grasses. While the company’s website recommends waiting four weeks to put down grass seed after applying the weed and feed, seeding first means waiting a different length of time before you use the product.
Healthy Lawn Chemistry
Scotts Super Turf Builder with Plus 2 Weed Control, now called simply Super Turf Builder with Weed and Feed, contains more nitrogen and phosphorus than plain Turf Builder Weed and Feed, to provide faster green-up. Super Turf Builder contains 29 percent nitrogen, 2 percent phosphorus and 3 percent potassium, while plain Turf Builder contains 28 percent nitrogen, no phosphorus and 3 percent potassium. The active weed-killing ingredients are 2,4-D and mecoprop. Environmental health agencies in some areas list 2,4-D as a chemical known to cause cancer or birth defects, so use with caution.
If you are unable to find Super Turf Builder Weed and Feed, Scotts Turf Builder Triple Action provides similar results. It kills weeds, prevents the new weeds from sprouting and feeds the grass.
Timing Is Everything
The Scotts website question-and-answer section states that grass seeds should be allowed to germinate and grow tall and strong enough to be mowed four times before you apply weed and feed. No entirely specific time period is provided, because different grass species grow at different rates, and growth is affected by many variables, including soil quality, temperature and rainfall or manual irrigation.
The Nitty Gritty
This turf builder weed and feed should be applied with a mechanical spreader for even distribution. When using a spreader, Scotts Turf Builder Plus 2 spreader settings vary depending on the device. Set broadcast and rotary spreaders at 3.5, hand-held spreaders on 3 and drop spreaders on 5. Even if you’ve used the turf builder products for years, always check the package directions to ensure that the instructions haven’t changed.
Before applying any fertilizer or herbicide product, put on a mask, safety goggles, gloves, long sleeves, long pants and closed toe shoes. After applying the weed and feed and cleaning the spreader, wash your clothing in hot water and detergent to remove any dust or residue.
Wait for a calm day when temperatures are not expected to rise above 90 degrees Fahrenheit and no rainfall is expected for at least 24 hours. Water the lawn first to moisten the grass, or start the application when the grass is moist from dew. The product should be applied while weeds are actively growing in the lawn. A second application may be made, but wait at least 30 days — and do not use the product more than twice each year.
Scotts Turf Builder Plus 2 Liquid
If you have a very small lawn, an alternative to the granular Scotts weed and feed products is the Scotts Liquid Turf Builder with Plus 2 Weed Control. This liquid fertilizer provides a quick boost of nitrogen as well as killing clover, dandelions and other weeds. Simply attach the garden hose and spray the lawn when the weeds are actively growing.
Use It Carefully
Make sure the product does not spill or drift on the wind to desirable plants, and don’t use it within several feet of fruit or vegetable plants. Sweep up any fertilizer that drifts onto sidewalks or driveways and toss it back onto the lawn.
Do not apply on St. Augustine grass, including the Floratam variety. St. Augustine grasses (Stenotaphrum secundatum) grow best in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 10. The product is not appropriate for carpet grass (Axonopus affinis), which thrives in USDA zones 9 through 10, or dichondra (Dichondra spp.), a creeping ground cover often used in place of standard lawn grass in USDA zones 7 through 11.
Scotts Turf Builder Starter Food For New Grass Plus Weed Preventer
Scotts Turf Builder Starter Food For New Grass Plus Weed Preventer features 2 in 1 formula which is designed to feed your new grass and prevent tough weeds in one convenient product. It is specially developed to provide your new grass the essential nutrients it needs to promote stronger roots and help it grow thicker and quicker compared to unfed turf. Plus, it is very effective in preventing troublesome weeds such crabgrass and dandelions for up to 6 weeks without damaging your new grass. It is also great for establishing sod and grass plugs sod or reseeding.
Available in a 21.52 lb. bag and covers up to 5,000 square feet.
Features and Specs
|Active Ingredient||Mesotrione – 0.08% Total Nitrogen – 21% Available Phosphate – 22% Soluble Potash – 4% Iron – 1%|
|Target pests||Large Crabgrass, Smooth Crabgrass, Dandelion, Plantain, Carpetweed, Chickweed, Lambsquarters, Purslane, Corn Speedwell, Ground Ivy, Hairy Bittercress, Henbit, Parsley Piert, Pennsylvania Smartweed and others
* See label for complete list
|For use in||Newly Seeded, Over-seeded, or Newly planted Kentucky Bluegrass, Tall Fescue, Perennial Ryegrass, Centipedegrass, as well as fine, spreading and creeping Red fescues|
|Application||It is advisable to apply product on a calm day and before you water plants that are newly planted. Do it when the temperatures are between 60 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.|
|Pet safe||Yes, if followed by directions on label|
|NOT FOR SALE TO||FL|
|Coverage Area||Covers up to 5,000 sq. ft.|
|Special Features||2-in-1 formula that feeds new grass and prevents weeds|
|Shipping Weight||22.67 lbs|
|Manufacturer||Scotts (Mfg. Number: 23200)|
RECOMMENDED SPREADER SETTINGS:
- Scotts Broadcast/Rotary Spreaders – Set to 4 1/2
- Scotts Drop Spreaders – Set to 7
Large crabgrass, Smooth crabgrass, Dandelion, Broadleaf plantain, Buckhorn plantain, Carpetweed, Common chickweed, Common lambsquarters, Common purslane, Corn speedwell, Ground ivy, Hairy bittercress, Henbit, Parsley piert, Pennsylvania smartweed, Persian speedwell, Pokeweed, Purslane speedwell, Redroot pigweed, Shepherd’s-purse, Velvetleaf, White clover, Yellow woodsorrel, Flatsedge, Yellow nutsedge