Finally, Weed Pro (or a lawn care provider) applies it for you, and isn’t your time worth something?
Comparing the Costs Straight Up:
Scott’s Step One: Crabgrass Preventer Plus Fertilizer: $60 (before taxes) for a bag that covers 10,000 square feet. PLUS, Ortho Crabgrass Killer 400 squarefoot bottle: $12.
TOTAL PRICE: $72
Scotts fertilizer program is one of the more popular fertilizer options on the market. It allows you to grow a green, lush, healthy lawn that’s free from weeds, yet has the deep root structure necessary to survive the cold weather of winter and hot, dry summers. Scotts fertilizer program be an all-in-one solution that meets all your needs. Is that the truth, though? Today we’ll look at the 4 steps of Scotts Fertilizer Program, and more specifically, Step One: Crabgrass Preventer Plus Fertilizer.
How Does This Compare to Hiring a Professional?
Let’s be honest here. We are a lawn care company, so of course we’ll bring this up. However, the real reason I bring this up is due to the fact that most DIY’ers think they’re saving money by applying it themselves; which is completely not true. However, if you ENJOY putting down your own fertilizer and caring for your lawn, I encourage you to keep on doing just that, and hope that you’ll check out our DIY Guides and Tips to use as a resource.
Final Winner: Weed Pro (professional lawn care company)
Today we’ll be examining Step One of the Scotts fertilizer Program; Crabgrass Preventer Plus Fertilizer
Application rates that will provide the best protection for your lawn will effect how much square feet of coverage you can get out of each bag. For example, the 15,000 square foot bag will not provide adequate coverage for a lawn of that size, rather instead providing better coverage for a lawn 10,000 square feet in size.
1). If you only have a few small areas you want to seed, I have seen folks get around the fact that they have a crabgrass germination barrier in those spots by cultivating the soil to a 4 inch depth (to disrupt the crabgrass barrier), then mixing in an inch of compost like Scotts Turf Builder Lawn Soil, and then seeding with Scotts EZ Seed.
Now here are my two answers:
I hear that question quite a few times this time of year. I have two answers depending on the size of the lawn area that needs new grass seed. However, before I give those two answers here is a quick rundown of crabgrass prevention 101.
Scotts Turf Builder plus Halts Crabgrass Preventer and Scotts Lawn Pro Step 1 contain our best crabgrass preventer to provide prevention for around 4 months. The directions state that you should not plant grass seed for 4 months after application, which means you will need to wait until the end of August to seed. We have a different crabgrass preventer for folks who want to seed in spring and prevent crabgrass. Scotts Starter Lawn Food plus Weed Preventer and Scotts Lawn Pro Step 1 for New Seeding provide crabgrass prevention while allowing you to plant grass seed at the same time. (Note: the crabgrass prevention does not last as long as Turf Builder plus Halts and Step 1, however it is your best choice if you want to seed in spring.)
2). If you have a large area you want to seed, the first recommendation is not practical, so you really need to wait until early fall to seed.
It’s also worth mentioning the timeline of Step Two, which is to apply “near Memorial Day.” By Memorial Day, you are already going to have so many weeds. That is on the late side to start aggressively attacking weeds as you ought to be.
That’s exactly why the Scotts 4 Step Lawn Care program is so popular. Scotts LawnService is capitalizing on your desire to have a simplified and easy-to-follow program that takes the guesswork out of your lawn care.
Plus, there are no guarantees. If it doesn’t work, what’s your recourse? Scotts is not going to refund you for purchasing all of the bags.
Step 4 (Problem 4)
Of course, if it does break through, we also include spot-spraying of post-emergent crabgrass control in our program to knock it back. Addressing breakthrough is a key element that the Scotts program is missing. Even the best crabgrass prevention efforts are not 100% effective.
In theory, the idea of a simple 4-step program sounds nice. Scotts did everything they could to simplify the program and make it sound easy for do-it-yourselfers. However, it’s also quite misleading in that it’s marketed as being a complete program when it’s really not. It’s missing so many important services and when you start adding them in, it’s not all that simple (or cost-effective) after all.
At Oasis, we apply two rounds of crabgrass pre-emergent due to its tenacity. In the spring, we’re also prone to getting a lot of rain and that can breakdown the product to some degree. By putting down two applications, we ensure that we’re doing everything we can to prevent this stubborn weed.
Another problem with Scotts 4 Step Lawn Care is that one application is probably not enough to prevent a weed that is as persistent and unceasing as crabgrass.