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Scotts® Starter® Food for New Grass Plus Weed Preventer

Overview & Benefits

  • Safe for seeding! Also great for sod and grass plugs
  • 2-in-1 Formula that feeds new grass and prevents weeds
  • Prevents crabgrass & dandelions for up to 6 weeks
  • Grows new grass thicker & quicker versus unfed

Available sizes:

    5,000 sq. ft.
  • Spreader Settings

    Scotts® Broadcast/Rotary Spreaders - 4 1/2
    Scotts® Drop Spreaders - 7 For additional spreader settings, please call 1-800-543-TURF (8873)

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  • How to Use

    Apply to dry lawn, then lightly water to activate. Follow when and where to apply instructions below.

  • When to Apply

    Apply on a calm day. Apply this product before watering newly planted grass for the first time. Apply when temperatures are consistently between 60°F and 90°F.

  • Where to Use

    - Apply to newly seeded, overseeded or newly planted Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, centipedegrass as well as fine and spreading creeping red fescues.
    - For lawns only.
    - Follow spreader settings.
    - *Not in NY.

  • Where Not to Use

    Do not apply to St. Augustinegrass, bentgrass, bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, dicondra, kikuyugrass, bahiagrass or lippia.
    Avoid application to adjacent flower beds when using a broadcast/rotary spreader.
    Do not apply this product in a way that will will contact any person or pet either directly or through drift. Keep people and pets out of the area during application.
    Do not enter or allow people or pets to enter the treated areas (except those involved in the watering) until the watering-in is complete and the surface is dry.
    Do not use this product on flowers, shrubs, trees, fruit or vegetable plants. Cana, day lilies and irises are especially susceptible to injury.
    Do not apply another pesticide within seven days of an application of this product as turf injury may occur.
    This product applies 0.15 pounds of Mesotrione per acre per application. The maximum application rate of Mesotrione per treatment per year is 0.45lbs. This package applies 4.3 pounds per 1,000 sq. ft.

  • Coverage Area

    5,000 sq. ft.

  • What it Controls

    Weeds: Prevents the following weeds: Large crabgrass, smooth crabgrass, dandelion, broadleaf plantain, buckhorn plantain, carpetweed, common chickweed, common lambsquarters, common purslane, corn speedwell, ground ivy, hairy bittercress, henbit, parsley piert, Pennsylvania smartweed, persian speedwell, pokeweed, purslane speedwell, redroot pigweed, shepherd's-purse, velvetleaf, white clover, yellow woodsorrel, flatsedge, yellow nutsedge

  • Benefits

    Safe for seeding! Also great for sod and grass plugs
    Prevents crabgrass & dandelions for up to 6 weeks
    Grows new grass thicker & quicker versus unfed

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  • Disposal Methods

    If empty do not reuse container. Place in trash or offer for recycling if available. If partly filled, call your local solid waste agency for disposal instructions. Never place unused product down any indoor or outdoor drain.

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