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Southern Weed Control

March 12, 2011

The best defense against a weedy lawn is a thick lawn with loads of grass plants crowding out weed seedlings before they really get a chance to get growing. How do you get a thicker lawn you ask? Feed regularly! That;s because a hungry, starving lawn generally turns into a thin, weedy lawn.

Grass experts agree you should feed your St. Augustinegrass, Bermudagrass, Zoysiagrass, or Tall Fescue lawn 4 times a year. Bahiagrass lawns like 3 feedings a year. Centipedegrass lawns do best with 2 feedings a year. To get the best results from your feeding, go with the unique timed-release nutrition provided by either Scotts Southern Turf Builder or Scotts Green Max Lawn Food.

The second best defense against a weedy lawn is mowing your grass at the taller end of the recommended range:  St. Augustinegrass and Bahiagrass (2 to 4 inches), Bermudagrass and Zoysiagrass ( ¾ to 2 inches), Centipedegrass (1 to 2 inches).

But what if your lawn is full of weeds now? If you have St. Augustinegrass, you need to apply Scotts Bonus S, which contains weed control and lawn food all-in-one. For tough weed problems you should plan on making two applications this spring about 6 to 8 weeks apart.  If you want to also kill and prevent Fire Ants and Chinchbugs in your lawn, you should go with Scotts Bonus S MAX instead.

For other lawn types, you can spray your weeds with Ortho Weed-B-Gon MAX for Southern Lawns after you spread your lawn food.

If you have lawn questions here is a link to contact the Scotts Help Center.

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