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Your Lawn’s Root Cellar

September 19, 2013

As a kid, I loved visiting my grandparent’s farm.  They had lots of things you couldn’t find in my house and one was an old-fashioned root cellar – a kind of underground food storage pantry.  Well, the roots of your lawn function in the same way.  And now is the time to fill them up with food for the winter and next year.

Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard Lawn Food is the perfect way to pack nourishment into your lawn’s roots, and keep it there over the winter.  So in the spring, when your grass is at its hungriest, it’ll already have its own built-in storehouse of food.  And you’ll have the first green lawn on the block.

If you have warm-season grass like Bermuda, St. Augustine or Zoysia that you have not fed recently, feed now.  If you have cool-season grass like Bluegrass, Fescue or Ryegrass, feed now and again in 6 weeks.

This feeding will make an immediate difference in your grass this fall… and come spring your neighbors will want to know how your thumb got a little bit greener over the winter!

Feeding your lawn in fall helps to make your lawn thicker with stronger roots.

Feeding your lawn in fall helps to make your lawn thicker with stronger roots.

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9 Comments
  1. Mark permalink

    Why does the grass here in Utah have that neon yellow hue spread throughout the lawn. Is that a Iron Chlorosis of some sort? I see it the last part of summer into fall.

    • Hi Mark
      Two causes for yellow/orange in Utah lawns this time of year. Iron chlorosis causes the grass blades to become yellow. A lawn fungus called Rust causes the grass blades to become more orange/yellow. With Rust you will see raised orange bumps on the grass that will turn white shoes and lawn mowers yellow/orange. The grass eventually turns more yellow. The solution for both is to feed your grass with a lawn food that contains Iron. Scotts GreenMax Lawn Food has the most Iron. Scotts Turf Builder also has Iron.

  2. Joe permalink

    Hi Ashton,

    I aerated and overseeded my existing lawn in first week of September. I applied starter fertilizer at that time. After 4 weeks should I apply one more round of starter fertilizer or just normal turf builder with 2% iron. What is the difference between them?

    • Hi Joe… If you have enough Starter left to do the feeding, it is ok to use. If not, go with Turf Builder. The higher Nitrogen is more important once your grass is established.

  3. Joe permalink

    Hi Ashton,

    When should I mow the lawn if I have over seeded in first week of September? I can see the new grass but it isn’t as tall as existing.

  4. Rob permalink

    Hi Ashton,
    I live in eastern Massachusetts. My lawn was aerated/overseeded/starter fertilized about two weeks ago, and I’m seeing nice new growth in some bare spots. I don’t believe the starter fertilizer was applied to the ENTIRE lawn, just where it was needed most.

    Prior to the work being done, I’d purchased Scotts Wintergard with Weed Control. My plan was to apply it in about a week or two. Will the weed control have adverse effects on the new growth (and should I return the weed control Wintergard and get the kind without weed control)? I have some weeds, but not so many that I’d call it a problem.

    Thanks!!

    • Hi Rob… Glad you checked on which WinterGuard to use. Turf Builder WinterGuard Weed & Feed should only be used after your new grass has been mowed 4 times. It would be better if you fed with Turf Builder WinterGuard instead about 4 weeks after seeding.

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