When to Feed Your Lawn

The most important thing you can do for your lawn is to feed it. A well-fed lawn is healthier, which means it has a better root system to combat heat, cold, drought, mowing, foot traffic and other stresses. While feeding your lawn once a year will improve its condition, feeding it four times a year will make it even healthier. If you put your lawn on the regular feeding schedule outlined below, it will look lush and green, and your neighbors will turn green with envy.

Early Spring (Feb. - April)

A good rule of thumb to follow: feed your lawn in the spring around the first time it needs mowed. A spring feeding strengthens roots and gets it off to a good start before the growing season. If you had crabgrass last year, apply a combination product, like Scotts® Turf Builder® Halts® Crabgrass Preventer with Lawn Food that contains a pre-emergent to control crabgrass.

Late Spring (April - June)

In late Spring your grass is using up stored energy you'll want to replenish.  In addition, broadleaf weeds are actively growing, too. Hit them and feed your lawn with a combination, like Scotts® Turf Builder® Weed & Feed¹, that combines lawn food with broadleaf weed control.

Summer (June - Aug.)

Summer is tough on grass. Heat, drought, foot traffic, and insects stress it out. Feeding your lawn in the summer protects and strengthens it against these problems. Lawns in warm-season grass areas should be fed over the summer months as they grow steadily from spring to fall. If you see insects in your grass, use a feeding product that also contains insect control, such asScotts® Turf Builder® with SummerGuard®.

Fall (Sept. - Nov.)

Some experts will say fall is the most important feeding of the year. Apply Scotts® Turf Builder® WinterGuard® Fall Lawn Food right before the winter months to strengthen roots and increase nitrogen storage for a healthier lawn next year.