The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company manufactures dozens of lawn care products, including the Miracle-Gro line of fertilizer. The company also provides answers to common lawn care questions, both through its publications, its website and its toll-free lawn care hotline, 1-888-270-3714. Implement the company's management and care strategies to grow a healthy turf, whether or not you use its branded products.
How Do I Control Lawn Weeds?
A healthy turf grows dense and is thus more resistant to weeds. Scotts recommends fertilizing regularly with a weed-and-feed fertilizer. Such products combine fertilizer granules with selective herbicides that kill weeds without harming the grass itself. The company also suggests mowing your grass as high as possible for your specific species, since this increases the shade level on the soil surface and discourages weed seed germination. The University of California offers an extensive list of proper cutting heights for common lawn grass species.
How Much Do I Water My Lawn?
For the best results, water deeply and infrequently. Scotts recommends applying approximately 1/2 inch to 1 inch of water per week, or enough to moisten the soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. Deep waterings encourage the turf to extend its roots deeper into the soil, making your lawn more drought-resistant.
When Should I Water My Lawn?
Ideally, water your lawn in the early morning so the grass has all day to dry out, according to Scotts. Late afternoon and evening watering sessions keep the grass wet for an extended period of time, increasing your yard's chances of contracting a fungal lawn disease.
When Should I Fertilize My Lawn?
Regular feeding keeps your grass healthy by providing it with the extra nutrients it needs for vigorous development. Scotts recommends using its branded products, but you can use any standard fertilizer labeled for use on lawns. Such products are available at all nurseries and garden stores. Scotts advises to fertilize four times a year. The first application should be spread in the early spring months of February, March or April to give your lawn the nutritional jolt it needs as it exits dormancy. A second application in April, May or June continues to encourage growth. If you use a weed-and-feed product, Scotts says early spring is the ideal application time because most broadleaf weeds begin to appear in late spring and early summer. The third fertilizer application in mid-summer helps the lawn cope with heat stress, while a fall application in September, October or November gives the grass the nutrients it needs as it stores up food for the winter.