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Tackle Weeds in Lawns Early in the Season

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For homeowners who love their lawns, weeds can be discouraging. Clumps of crabgrass, clover and dandelions spoil the uniform sea of green in a perfectly manicured lawn. For the healthiest lawn with the fewest weeds, the best strategy is to plan and protect early, before the weeds appear. 

This spring, prevent annual grassy weeds like crabgrass from taking root in your lawn by applying a pre-emergent weed killer like Scotts Halts Pre-Emergent Crabgrass & Grassy Weed Preventer. By applying in the spring, weed seeds won’t germinate and your lawn will be weed-free in summer. And don’t worry about rain, snow or freezing temperatures coming down on your lawn after application – the elements will not affect the performance of this weed preventer.

A single application of Bayer Advanced 3-in-1 Weed and Feed for Southern Lawns kills lawn weeds and prevents new ones, including crabgrass, for up to six months. Bayer Advanced delivers season-long weed control that won’t harm your lawn when used as directed without need for frequent re-application. 

Scotts Turf Builder Bonus S Weed & Feed for Southern lawns kills weeds, and will thicken your lawn to help crowd out future weeds. Regular feedings provide the nutrients your lawn needs to look its best and withstand the stresses of weeds, heat, drought, and family activity. The product is safe for use on Centipede, St. Augustine grass, Zoysia and Carpetgrass lawns.

In Florida lawns, Scotts Bonus S Florida Fertilizer helps improve water and nutrient absorption. It offers burn-free protection against dollar-weed and 24 other common lawn weeds. A single application of the slow-release formula kills weeds and feeds lawns for up to six weeks.

Roundup for Lawns is new this year to kill the toughest lawn weeds like crabgrass, dandelion, clover and yellow nutsedge, without harming your lawn. Roundup for lawns kills weeds at the root and comes with the same kind of spray applicator found on traditional Roundup. These products are formulated for the types of grasses found in Southern lawns. 


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 3 Keys to a Healthy Lawn

Build your lawn’s weed resistance by following these practices:

Deep Watering. Encourage extensive root growth with less frequent, deeper watering.

Raise the Bar. Know the recommended height for your type of grass and set your lawnmower accordingly, usually to one of the highest settings. To reduce stress on your lawn, do not cut more than 1/3 off the height of the grass blade

Consistent Feeding. Feeding every six to eight weeks during the growing season with Scotts® Turf Builder® Lawn Food, helps your lawn thicken up and fill in bare spots, making them less welcoming to weeds.

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