How to Apply Scotts Starter Fertilizer


Scotts Starter Fertilizer is a popular lawn fertilizer that is used to help new grass develop faster and stronger. This fertilizer can be used when seeding a new lawn, when planting sod, when making repairs to areas that are damaged or bare and when using specialty sprigs and plugs to grow special types of grasses. Applying this fertilizer is not complicated with the proper equipment.

Step 1

Seed or plant your grass seed, sprigs or plugs first. Grass seeds should be raked lightly so that the seeds are 1/4-inch deep.

Step 2

Pour the amount of fertilizer into your garden spreader that will cover the area you are seeding. Follow the bag directions for the correct calculations for your specific application.

Step 3

Apply the Scotts Starter Fertilizer by pushing the spreader across the seeded area in even passes. Be sure to stay away from garden edges since this type of fertilizer is not recommended for plants other than lawn grasses. Try not to overlap your passes by more than 1 to 2 inches.

Step 4

Water the fertilizer into the new lawn area by using a hose with a soft spray nozzle.

Step 5

Do not walk on the new lawn or activated fertilizer until the area has dried completely. You should stay off newly seeded lawns to allow the seeds to germinate without disturbance and you should avoid bringing fertilizers into your home on your clothing and shoes.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not handle fertilizers with your bare hand. If spreading in a small area, wear gardening gloves. Store fertilizers in a dry location and do not dispose of residues with regular trash. Ask your disposal center for directions on how to dispose of residues in your area.

Things You'll Need

  • Seeds
  • Sprigs
  • Plugs
  • Rake
  • Scotts Starter Fertilizer
  • Spreader
  • Hose


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