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New Triple Action Product for Southern Lawns

This new product makes caring for your St. Augustine Centipede and Zoysia lawn even easier!

Scotts Turf Builder Southern Triple Action is an innovative 3 in 1 formula that prevents and kills fire ants for up to 6 months, kills stubborn weeds like dollarweed and clover, and feeds and strengthens your lawn against Southern stresses like heat and drought. Scotts Turf Builder Triple Action South is for use on southern grasses, like St.Augustine (including Floratam), Carpetgrass, Centipede, and Zoysiagrass.

Check out this short video to see how easy this product is to use.




Starting My Vegetable Seeds with My AeroGarden

I like this approach to starting my vegetable seeds as I get almost 100% germination without wasting seed. I believe germination is faster and more robust than I have seen before when planting seed directly in seed starting mix. I can cycle multiple seedings every 10 days or so through my AeroGarden Harvest model using the Seed Starting System that holds 31 biodegradable grow sponges. I use this approach for small seeds like lettuce, kale, pepper, and tomato that I do not generally plant directly into the garden.

Here are links to info about the AeroGarden Harvest and to the AeroGarden Seed Starting System.  You can explore all the AeroGarden product options with this link.



I use the AeroGarden Seed Starting System for my Harvest model AeroGarden.



I planted a single seed of various lettuce and kale varieties in the biodegradable grow sponges. Ten days after seeding they were ready to transplant.



Ten days after planting I transplanted the seedlings into individual pots filled with Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix and placed them under grow lights.



Ten days later I moved my plants outside to gradually harden them off in the sun and wind. After a couple of days, I planted them in my self-watering deck planters.  Total time from planting seeds to transplanting in planters was 22 days.





How to Figure Out What Your Lawn Needs

Need to revive a tired lawn? Wish your lawn looked greener and healthier? Just trying to maintain what you’ve got? In a few easy steps, you’ll be on your way to a better lawn.

Scotts “My Lawn Care Plan” is an interactive tool designed to help you achieve your desired lawn quality. Answer a few simple questions based on where you live (your zip code), and you will learn the right lawn food & maintenance program for your lawn.

Just sign up for your FREE lawn care plan by clicking here.

This lawn could be greatly improved with a lawn care plan that puts down the right product at the right time.

Northern Lawns Tips for March

A good sign that spring weather is around the corner is when those of you in the northern states start to ask: “What do I put on my lawn this spring to improve it?”

First thing is to pick up fallen tree limbs and rake any lawn areas that have a fungus called snow mold. These patches will be white or tan and will have grass blades stuck together in a mat. When you use a leaf rake on these patches, you help to expose the grass plants underneath the matted grass blades to sunlight and air so they can grow. You can also rake any matted tree leaves so your grass will fill in thin areas faster.



This is snow mold. A light raking with a leaf rake will break up matted grass so sunlight and air can reach new grass shoots


Mow your lawn as soon as you start seeing the first sign of green growth. Some folks like to drop their mower height down a notch for the first mowing to remove the brown, dormant grass blades. Just remember to raise it back up so your grass height after you cut is around 2-1/2 to 3 inches.

The next step is to figure out what to feed your lawn. You make your choice based on whether you had annual weeds, like crabgrass or foxtail, last summer. If you had these weeds, go with Turf Builder Halts Crabgrass Preventer with Lawn Food to do two jobs at one time: feeding and preventing new weeds from seed.  Be sure to water your lawn after you spread this product.   If you are already seeing dandelions in your lawn then you can do three jobs at one time with New Scotts Turf Builder Triple Action:  feeding, preventing new weeds from seed and killing existing weeds like dandelion and clover.  Apply this product to moist foliage when rain is not expected for 24 hours, then water your lawn one day after you spread this product. The alternative for those lawns with no annual weeds last summer is to feed with Turf Builder Lawn Food or Scotts Natural Lawn Food.

If your lawn has bare spots, spread Scotts EZ Seed. Remember to NOT spread Turf Builder Halts in areas you plan on seeding. If you have large areas to seed and you need to prevent crabgrass, you should use Scotts Turf Builder Starter Lawn Food for New Grass Plus Weed Preventer to stop crabgrass without stopping your new grass seed from growing.

This first feeding will help your lawn recover and fill in after winter. Your lawn will now be all set until you do your next feeding in about 6 weeks.

For answers to your lawn questions, my friends at the Scotts Help Center can help or leave me your question in the comments below.

Southern Lawn Tips for March

You can help make your lawn denser and thicker by feeding regularly during the year. Four to five feedings a year at 2-month intervals really helps your grass grow deeper roots and crowd out young weeds before they get a chance to get a toehold. (Note: Centipede Grass should only be fed two or three times a year.)


This lawn owner feeds her St. Augustine grass lawn on a regular schedule. Most lawns thrive with 4 or 5 feedings a year.

For southern Lawns this month your option if you have no weeds or only a few weeds is to feed with Scotts Turf Builder OR Scotts GreenMAX Lawn Food. You can spot treat any stray weeds if needed (more later).

If you have more than a few weeds you can apply a Weed & Feed designed for your type of lawn:
Scotts Bonus S Southern Weed & Feed – use on St. Augustinegrass (including Floratam). Apply to a dry lawn and water after spreading. (Note: This product can also be used on Zoysia and Centipedegrass lawns, however Turf Builder Weed & Feed may be a better option for these lawns depending on the weeds you are trying to kill.) New Scotts Turf Builder Southern Triple Action controls fire ants as well as weeds while it feeds.
Scotts Turf Builder Weed & Feed – use on all Southern Lawns except St. Augustinegrass. Apply to a moist lawn and do not water for 24 hours after spreading.

If you just have a few scattered weeds you can spot spray them with one of these weed killers:
Ortho Nutsedge Killer (this spray kills other weeds beside Nutgrass) – Can be used on any Southern lawn
Ortho Weed-B-Gon MAX for Northern and Southern Lawns – Can be used on any Southern lawn except Floratam (a type of St. Augustinegrass)
Ortho Weed-B-Gon MAX plus Crabgrass Killer – Can be used only on these southern lawns: Bermudagrass and Zoysia.

And finally, Spring rains and warmer weather are encouraging fire ant mounds to show up. I have had great success with the Ortho 2-Step approach to kill the fire ants I see and control the ones I don’t see.

Step 1 – Kill the Mound: Treat mounds you see with Ortho Orthene Fire Ant Killer. This product is designed to kill the queen and destroy the mound. Do not disturb the mound prior to treating. Sprinkle a tablespoon of product over and around each mound and do not water. Over the next several days the ants and queen in the mound will be killed.

Step 2 – Protect the Ground: Treating only the mounds you see is not enough to completely get rid of fire ants. That is because not all fire ant mounds are easily seen.  Colonies may remain active underground, hidden from sight. Additionally, new queens can fly in to establish colonies or foraging fire ants may enter the yard to look for food. Use a lawn spreader to put down Ortho MAX Fire Ant Killer Broadcast Granules to protect your lawn by killing foraging fire ants and controlling new fire ant mounds from forming for up to six months. Water your lawn after spreading the granules.

ID Your Grass


If you live in an area where some of the lawns in your neighborhood are brown in winter and some are green, you know there are different kinds of grass.  Or if you are a golfer, you know there is a different kind of grass growing on the green compared to what is growing on the fairway.

Then one day you read the weed control package it states “Do not use on this and that kind of lawn!”  This is especially the case with weed controls for southern lawns.  So, what to do?

Well, I have good news for you.  Click here to go to Scotts easy to use grass type identifier.

Here Scotts will help you figure it out with descriptions and pictures of grass types to help you narrow it down.

Let me know if you need more help.  Let me know where you are located and if your lawn is in full sun or shade and I will help you figure it out.



This Fescue lawn in Atlanta receives about 4 hours of filtered sunlight a day.

Crabgrass Prevention Options

If you love your lawn, you’ve gotta hate crabgrass. It’s an aggressive, stubborn weed. Even if you had just one crabgrass plant last year, your lawn could have thousands of crabgrass seeds lying in the soil right now ready to grow up and choke your good grass to death.

This photo of a mature crabgrass plant appeared in a Scotts publication about 20 years ago. The caption: “A single seed produced this monster crabgrass plant, which crowded out good grass as it grew. Each plant is capable of producing tens of thousands of seeds for an even bigger problem next year.”

I have good news. You can stop crabgrass and several other kinds of annual weeds before they begin to grow this spring. Put down some Turf Builder with Halts Crabgrass Preventer around the time of your first mowing. This product does just what its name says: halts crabgrass in its tracks by creating a barrier on your soil that stops it from germinating. Plus it gives your good grass the deep Turf Builder feeding it needs to green up and create new roots this spring. Unlike the bargain brands, the particles are tiny, which means you get a good weed barrier on every inch of your lawn.

If you have a Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, Tall Fescue or Fine Fescue lawn and you want to control dandelions and other weeds with the same application that prevents crabgrass, there is a new product for you: Scotts Turf Builder Triple Action. Apply after dandelions begin to flower when your temps are regularly hitting the 60’s to a moist lawn when no rain is expected for 24 hours. Water your lawn after 24 hours to help the granules contact your soil.

If you plan on putting down some grass seed this spring, you need to use a different crabgrass preventer that will not keep your new grass from growing. Instead, use Turf Builder Starter Food for New Grass plus Weed Preventer as it is compatible with grass seed and has the special food to help you get new grass faster.


You should apply your crabgrass Preventer by the time forsythia bushes in your neighborhood have stopped blooming and lost their flowers, or if you do not have forsythia, by the time you see lilacs in bloom, or before you start seeing dandelion puffballs.