- How to Remove Dog Urine From Turf
- Vigoro Vs. Scotts Plant Food
- When to Put Down Scott's Turf Builder
- Instructions for Scotts Fertilizer
- When to Apply Scotts Fertilizer With Plus 2 Weed Control?
- How Long Does it Take Scotts Plus 2 Fertilizer to Work?
- How to Set a Scotts Turf Builder Spreader
- The Best Turf Supreme Fertilizer Settings for a Scotts Accugreen 1000
- How to Clean Artificial Turf Fields
- Can Turf Builder With Halts Be Put Down on Wet Grass?
- Instructions for Scotts Fertilizer With Halts
Whether you have artificial turf or real grass constitutes your turf, dog urine will have a detrimental effect on the look and smell of your lawn. Removing urine from natural grass is not possible due to the absorbing nature of the soil below the turf, but you can remove the smell using a product available at your local home and garden supply store. You can remove dog urine on natural turf more completely if you follow some simple instructions.
Removing Urine from Natural Turf
Take a soil sample to your local county extension office, and ask them to perform a test to determine the amount of lime you should use on your lawn. The lime will neutralize the odors from urine, but adding too much can have a detrimental effect on your grass.
Put on a facemask to protect your lungs from the lime powder once you have obtained the proper measurements and are ready to begin the liming process.
Fill a lawn spreader with lime. Set the dial to the dispensation amount given to you at the extension office.
Treat the area affected by dog urine only to neutralize odors, or treat the entire lawn to neutralize acidity and improve lawn growth if desired.
Removing Urine from Artificial Turf
Locate the area that is affected by the dog urine.
Mix a few drops of liquid dish detergent into a gallon of water in the bucket.
Pour the mixture directly onto the turf. If desired, use a "green" cleaner that is safe for pets rather than the dish detergent. Allow the detergent to sit on the surface for at least five minutes.
Rinse the area clean using the hose with nozzle attachment set on the "spray" setting.
Location and Scope
Vigoro is a Canadian-based company while Scotts is based out of Ohio. Scotts does business worldwide and is the largest company marketing consumer lawn and garden care products.
Both companies produce and market a variety of products aimed at the homeowner. General products include fertilizers for lawns and gardens and specific applications for plants such as tomatoes, roses and evergreens.
The 4-Step Program
Scotts heavily markets its 4-Step program for year-round lawn care. Each step is designed to do a specific feeding and pest control at a specific time of the year. Vigoro has nothing comparable to Scotts program.
Scotts makes and markets many more organic plant food products than Vigoro. Pink Garden Food is the brand name organic for Vigoro and they only have one product. Scotts has a complete line under Miracle Grow and Osmacote.
Scotts has been a privately owned company since its leading executives bought the company in 1986. Vigoro is part of United Companies, which owns a number of pesticide and agricultural chemical manufacturers.
Apply Scott's Turf Builder when the grass is damp, such as after a rain or during the morning dew. Turf Builder works best when the temperature is between 65 and 90 degrees. Apply it when the weeds have already sprouted in your lawn, in the spring until the fall. Scott's has separate Turf Builders for each time of year.
Wait for a hot day, preferably when temperatures reach 90 degrees. For the best results, apply the fertilizer when it is not windy and with there is no chance of rain.
Wet the ground lightly with your garden hose before applying Scotts granular fertilizer. This will help to stick the fertilizer to the ground so that it does not blow away if there is a slight breeze.
Put on protective clothing before you take Scotts fertilizer out of the bag. This should include clothing that covers your arms and legs, goggles for your eyes, and a mask for your mouth and nose.
Empty the fertilizer into your spreader. Then, adjust the number on the spreader based on the product label's suggestions. For example, if you are using a rotary spreader you would set the spreader on 3 3/4. If you are using a drop spreader, use the 7 setting.
Run your spreader across your lawn from front to back. Then go over your lawn with the spreader a second time from side to side. This will ensure that you do not miss any spots.
Water your lawn lightly one more time. This time the water will push the granules deeper in to the soil so that the soil can begin receiving the nutrients faster.
The best time to apply Scotts Fertilizer Plus 2 with Weed Control to your lawn is in late spring. The grass and the weeds are both actively feeding and growing at this time, which will increase the benefits of the fertilizer.
Scotts Plus 2 fertilizer will begin working immediately after application. Over a period of a few days, the weeds will gradually fade away and the lawn will become greener and thicker.
Turn the rate setting dial to the setting recommended on the fertilizer package. The dial turns easily to the left or right.
Set the Scotts TurfBuilder spreader on a sidewalk or driveway so any spillage can easily be swept up. Fill the spreader with fertilizer.
Move the spreader to the lawn. Walk across the lawn in a back-and-forth motion to apply the fertilizer. Pull the lever up to open the spreader, releasing fertilizer.
The best Turf Supreme fertilizer settings for a Scotts Accugreen 1000 depend upon the amount of fertilizer you plan to spread. For spreading 2.6 pounds per 1,000 square feet it should be set to 5, and for spreading 4 pounds per 1,000 square feet it should be set to 7.
Scoop up any solid animal droppings and dispose.
Hose down any liquid contaminants with clean water. Where necessary, use detergents or disinfectants that are approved by the turf manufacturer.
Sweep the turf with a grooming tool designed for artificial fields to remove trash, leaves and other clutter. Use a large magnet to remove metallic debris.
When to Apply
Applying Scotts Turf Builder with Halts should be done on a spring day with little wind to ensure an even application of the pellets. Your lawn should be dry. This will allow the pellets to sink and settle into the soil.
How to Apply
Never apply fertilizer or weed control pellets by hand. This will only cause damage to your lawn and soil as the pellets clump together upon landing. Scotts recommends using one of its specially designed push spreaders which are available at most hardware and home improvement stores. Each bag of Turf Builder with Halts lists the appropriate spreader setting on the bag and also includes general guidelines if you are using a non-Scotts spreader.
Watering your Lawn after Application
While you should always apply Scotts Turf Builder with Halts while your lawn is dry you should water afterward. This will help jump-start the process of revitalizing grass roots and staving off weeds.
Wait until the late winter or early spring to apply the fertilizer to the grass. The ideal months for application are from February to April -- before the average daytime temperature rises to 80 degrees F.
Fill a fertilizer spreader with the Scotts fertilizer and set the dispenser rate on the spreader to a rate of 2.8 lbs per 1,000 square feet of lawn. You can use either a drop spreader or a broadcast fertilizer spreader.
Place the fertilizer spreader at one edge of the lawn and pull or push on the side bar to begin the flow of fertilizer.
Walk straight across the lawn until you reach the other side. Turn around and walk in another straight line directly beside the first line of application. Continue until you have walked over the entire lawn once.