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Feed your lawn Regular feedings (3-4 per year) provide the nutrients your lawn needs to develop thick, healthy grass with a strong, deep root system that helps prevent damage from weeds, pests and drought. Feed your lawn every other month starting in April. Canadian holidays are an easy way to remember the best times to feed your lawn: Easter, Victoria Day, Labour Day and Halloween. Estimate the size of your lawn and use the appropriate amount of Scotts® Turf Builder® Lawn Food. Average Canadian lawns are about 400m2, the size of a Scotts® Turf Builder® Lawn Food bag. Apply with a Scotts® Turf Builder® EdgeGuard® Spreader for best results. Spreader settings can be found on the back of every Scotts® Turf Builder® bag.
Revive a tired lawn Lawns naturally become thin and patchy over time. Add new life and vigour to a lawn by overseeding the entire area with new and improved grass seeds. Overseeding will also help to thicken your lawn and make it less susceptible to weeds and other stresses. Spread new grass seed in the spring or fall. An ideal environment for seeds to flourish includes warm soil, cool air, and frequent rainfall. Air temperatures in the 15oC to 26oC range allow for deeper root growth and quicker germination. Cut your grass at the lowest mower setting, and loosen the top 6 mm (1/4 inch) of soil in bare or thin areas with a rake. Add 6 mm (1/4 inch) of Scotts® Turf Builder® LawnSoil™ to the area and then distribute the seed evenly. Apply Scotts® Turf Builder® Starter™ to increase seeding success and then water thoroughly. Keep seeds moist daily until all seedlings are up and the lawn is established.
Bring dead patches to
Bare patches are not only unsightly, they are also prime targets for weed seeds to take root and flourish. Spring or fall are ideal times for repairing dead patches. Just ensure temperatures are in the 15oC to 27oC range to allow for deeper root growth and quicker germination. Prep by using a rake to remove dead grass and loosen hard soil. Apply a thin layer of Scotts® Turf Builder® ez seed® to bare spots: 3mm (1/8”). Water until dark brown. When mixture turns light brown, add more water. For patches caused by pets, use Scotts® Turf Builder® ez seed® Dog Spot Repair to help flush away excess salt caused by pet urine.
Control your weeds Unsightly lawn weeds can produce hundreds or even thousands of seeds that lie dormant until spring. Over time, they can completely take over your lawn. To prevent weed seeds from germinating in early spring, apply weed preventer to your lawn. When lawn weeds begin to appear, use a ready-to-use lawn weed control. For weed infestations, use a lawn weed Concentrate or hose end attachment. Apply Scotts® Turf Builder® with Weed Prevent soon after the snow melts to prevent weed seed germination. When weeds are present, use Scotts® EcoSense® Weed B Gon® Ready-to-Use, to kill them without harming your lawn. To control large infestations, use Scotts® EcoSense® Weed B Gon® Concentrate with Scotts® EcoSense® Dial’N Spray® applicator.

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