My lawn has been a mess, but has made a bit of a comeback this summer.
Bagging everything worked much better than mulching. Still tons of
weeds, but much less bare spots.
What should I do to treat it over the winter to make for a nice lawn
next spring? Scotts Winterizer? I am in MA.
Normally I suggest avoiding Scotts and the big names. They sell what
sells not what is best. They want to make the lawn look green fast, but
that is not best. They package products like weed and feed together when it
would be very rare that both of those products should be put down at the
I do suggest a slow release nitrogen lawn fall-winter product. It
happens that the Scotts Winterizer product does fit into that class. It may
not be the best (I don't know how much of the nitrogen is slow release) but
it does have a good overall mix. I would ask at your garden center if they
have something other than Scotts that they might recommend.
The fall is the best time to improve that lawn. Use a weed killer to eradicate
whats left of the weeds, and overseed with new grass seed using a "seed
starter" fertilizer only. You could add lime and iron if the ground needs it,
but do not use any normal turf strength fertilizers when seeding.
Keep ground moist until new grass reaches mowing height. Keep leaves off new
Very early spring (when you can see green buds on the Forsythias) use a
crabgrass preventer which will also eradicate most of the remaining weed seeds
in the lawn.
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