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Weed and Feed Review: Scotts Turfbuilder With PLUS 2 Weed Control

Weed and Feed Review: Scotts Turfbuilder With PLUS 2 Weed Control

by Fred Fauth (email Fred) | | May 22, 2009 | 20 Comments »

Early this Spring we started our lawn on the Scotts annual lawn care program, a system designed to make it easy for homeowners to get their lawns looking great over a 12 month period.  The program begins in the early Spring with application of a turf builder and crabgrass preventer, and proceeds throughout the year with products designed to kill weeds, promote root growth, and fill in bare spots.  About four weeks ago we applied the late Spring weed and feed product: Turfbuilder with PLUS 2 Weed Control.  The purpose: eliminate dandelions and other broad lead weeds and build strong, deep, thriving roots.

The Lawn Before a Weed and Feed Product

scotts-turfbuilder This is the part of the article where I show you what things looked like before we applied weed and feed. Unfortunately, due to operator error, I no longer have the picture.  So, you’ll have to generate your own mental picture of the lawn. The lawn was about 95% tall fescue, and about a 5% mix of dandelions, clover, and a minimal number of other broad leaf weeds.  The dandelions where tall and strong, with bright, yellow buds announcing their presence.  The clover was much more subtle, but had grown to at least a 2′ x 3′ patch in one area of the lawn.

Applying Scotts Turfbuilder With Plus 2 Weed Control

We applied Scotts Turfbuilder with Weed Control using a typical broadcast spreader, one of several types of spreaders that are suitable for spreading lawn chemicals. Since we used a broadcast spreader as opposed to a drop spreader, we only made one pass over each section of the lawn, with the goal of only a slight overlap on each pass.  This ensured the whole lawn was properly covered, but that no section was burned by application of too much fertiziler.  We also took care to avoid garden areas completely, as weed and feed products hold the potential to destroy broad leaf flowers too.

Scotts Turfbuilder Review

We’re very pleased with how the product has performed to date.  Here’s a picture of a typical dandelion about 4 days after the application of Scotts Turfbuilder Plus 2 Weed Control:

dandelion

The first application has killed about 95% of all the broadleaf weeds in our yard within the first 7 days.  The only exception to this has been the clover, which took much longer to die off.  At four weeks, we’ve seen about 70% of the clover die off, and as the fescue builds deeper root structures and grows tall, the clover has had much less of an ability to spread.

In the latter part of our four week experiment, we had a series of days that alternated between rain and sun.  Over this period, we saw  the lawn take off. Here’s a shot during this period only seven days after the lawn had been mowed…

healthy-turf

Pretty good looking right?  We think so, and so would recommend Scotts program to folks considering it for their own lawns.

Tips for Using Scotts Turfbuilder with Weed Control

  • Follow the instructions exactly as they are listed on the bag.
  • Do not overapply the chemicals.  The product can burn your lawn.
  • Apply weed and feed a few days after mowing, and when the lawn is damp (either early morning, after rain, or after watering).
  • Do not water the lawn within 48 hours of application.  Avoid spreading when rain is imminent.
  • Take care to avoid spreading in garden and path areas.
  • Apply when broad leaf weeds are growing (early application is a waste).
  • Don’t walk on the lawn barefoot until the first good rain dissolves all chemicals.
  • Aerate your lawn sometime during the season.  This promotes root growth and helps prevent thatch.

Thoughts on Professional Help

Spreading weed and feed is something you can easily do on your own, but if you’re considering professional help, Amy over at Green Gardenista offers some great advice on picking a lawn service that is a good place to start if you’re considering TruGreen or one of the other big guys.

What do you think? Have you used Scotts or another manufacturer’s weed and feed product? What were your results?

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20 Responses to Weed and Feed Review: Scotts Turfbuilder With PLUS 2 Weed Control

  • Baba responds...
    May 22nd, 2009 2:01 pm

    I’ve always thought it was a great product too!

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  • Carnell Kelly responds...
    April 5th, 2010 9:52 pm

    When is weed and feed safe for little dogs after applying? I didn’t let my little in the yard until after it rained 1/2 inch. Is it safe now?

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  • Dan Schmidt responds...
    June 5th, 2010 12:19 pm

    Have NO weeds in lawn. Have leftover Turfbuilder from Spring. Want to use for a follow-up feeding. Is it safe to use in 100% heat? Wet or Dry grass(No weeds), night time application, sprinkle before or after applying?

    Thank you for assistance!

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  • john wilson responds...
    April 14th, 2011 2:27 pm

    a friend recently seeded a new lawn on long island,ny and used turfbuilder plus 2 instead of starter fertilizer. will that prevent some seed germination?

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  • Timothy Lavange responds...
    April 19th, 2011 12:39 am

    John Wilson,

    Yes it will prevent ALL seed germination. The grass seed you put down went to waste, you now must wait till fail.

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  • Timothy Lavange responds...
    April 19th, 2011 12:39 am

    John Wilson,

    Typo correction

    You must wait till fall to re-seed again.

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  • terry woody responds...
    April 27th, 2011 7:23 pm

    We put weed control down and my grass is burning up in different places what should i do

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    Ethan Reply:

    Terry, My non-professional advise would be to give those areas a good thorough watering to remove any additional weed control and avoid treating those areas for the rest of the season.

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  • JACK responds...
    May 5th, 2011 7:08 pm

    HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT AFTER APPLYING THE TB2 THEN SEEDING

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  • Gail Heins responds...
    June 16th, 2011 7:34 am

    I, myself applied scotts turfbuilder plus 2 weed control and I have noticed there is some yellow clover cropping up (never had this before) and I DO have a problem now with the violets creeping in from my bank!! oh…I am distressed, I have taken great strides in trying to maintain my front lawn (about 15000 sq ft) I live in upper New York and we have had alot of rain. After my application it DID NOT rain until 3 days so it did get a good start up time of killing power. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! thank you,
    Gail

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  • David Girard responds...
    June 20th, 2011 11:33 am

    Do not purchase Scotts based on their rebates. I sent mine in completely filled out the first day and was denied because “It was faulty”. Usually a company mails you back the rebate materials and shows you where you went wrong.

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  • Sharon responds...
    July 26th, 2011 12:48 pm

    My dog wants to eat scotts turf builder with weed and feed and its been on the lawn for three days. The pellets are still there and we watered and it rained. Worried about the dog injesting it. is it safe.

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    Fred Reply:

    Sharon, you should water the lawn until the pellets are dissolved and not allow your pet to eat the pellets. They will make him sick.

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  • Ron stemphoski responds...
    August 11th, 2011 11:40 am

    I have used the Scotts dry drop products for years,usually with ok results.
    The last two years my lawn has been invaded by a crab grass looking grass .I do not think it is crab grass considering I applied Halrts in the sp

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  • Ron stemphoski responds...
    August 11th, 2011 11:45 am

    I have used the Scotts dry drop products for years,usually with ok results.
    The last two years my lawn has been invaded by a crab grass looking grass .I do not think it is crab grass considering I applied Halts in the spring and sprayed weed be gon in July.What ever it is it is still growing.
    Any idea what this is and how do I get rid of it?

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    Fred Reply:

    Ron, has it been very hot and dry where you are? Did you water your lawn throughout that period? Could be crabgrass even with Halts… the stuff is all over around here because of the drought conditions.

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  • LP responds...
    November 7th, 2011 2:46 am

    My dad always used this and always had a beautiful lawn. He gave us a bag which my son put down. Something must have been wrong with the spreader because it put out a lot more in some spots. The spots that got a lot were greener and denser than the other areas. (Possibly the other areas didn’t get anything at all??) I’m trying to learn about all this and will try again next year.

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  • D Rockey responds...
    March 24th, 2012 2:23 pm

    Question – I applied this weed and feed to my yard and approx 48 hours later it started raining and rained for a good 5 days – was that enough for the weed killer to be affective or will i need to reapply? Thanks in advance for any advice – i’m really new at growing lawns and have already burnt it once and dont’ want to risk doing it again but the weeds are taking over.

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  • Paul H Heidenfelder responds...
    May 4th, 2012 7:45 am

    I used Scott’s turf builder plus 2 weed control on my lawn. The conditions were text book perfect. It’s been about five weeks now and the grass itself looks good but the weeds are still there. It did not touch the clover and there are still all kinds of weeds growing. The only thing it seams to have killed were the dandelion. I would not use it again. They must have changed there ingredients. I’ve had good luck in the past. I just might have to try this Pennington the have been competing with. :-(

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  • Pete responds...
    May 3rd, 2013 2:58 pm

    I applied your Weed n Feed on my lawn. I thought the rain was ‘gone’. Well, murphy’s law came to my lawn and it rained again (same day). Do I just waste the ‘weed’ part and all I really did was the ‘feed’ part?

    thanks.

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