Grass Seed Spreader on lawn

How to Start the Scotts® 4 Step Lawn Program

April 25, 2022
Adams Fairacre Farms

Start here for a yard worthy of cookouts, kids, pets and play.

Without proper care, your yard can quickly become a battleground of grass vs. weeds. Fortunately, there’s no need for a turf war, thanks to the Scotts® 4 Step® annual lawn care plan. Follow these steps for a year-round great lawn.

Step 1® Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn Food

Step One Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn Food

Prevent problem grassy weeds like crabgrass

Apply off the season with Step® 1. Apply in early spring, anytime between February and April when temperatures are still cool (under 80F). Step® 1 prevents crabgrass before it can germinate. It also feeds to green up a winter-weary lawn, too.

To Do:

  • Ready yourself for the season, but prepare for the year buy all four bags now.
  • Choose from 5,000 sq. ft. or 15,000 sq. ft. size.
  • Apply Step® 1 on or before Easter.


Step® 2 Weed Control Plus Lawn Food

Step Two Weed Control Plus Lawn Food

Stop dandelions; nourish grass plants.

Apply Step® 2 in late spring, anytime between April and June, but be sure to wait 4-6 weeks after applying Step® 1. It kills many broadleaf weeds like dandelions, while feeding and nourishing the lawn. Step® 2 builds thick, green turf from the roots up.

To Do:

  • Apply Step® 2 near Memorial Day.
  • Apply on a calm day, on a damp lawn, and when rain is not expected for at least 24 hours.


Step® 3 Lawn Food with 2% Iron

Step Three Standard Fertilizer

Green things up

Give your lawn a mid-season boost with an application of Step® 3. Apply in the summer, between June and August. Step® 3 feeds and strengthens the lawn against heat and drought, guaranteed.

To Do:

  • Apply Step® 3 close to Independence Day.
  • If rain is not expected, immediately water after application.
  • Spot treat weeds, as needed.


Step® 4 Fall Lawn Food

Step Four Fall Lawn Food

Protect and strengthen

Step® 4 can be applied 4 to 6 weeks after Step® 3, between August and November. It greens up the lawn now, and helps strengthen and protect it for a better lawn next spring.

To Do:

  • Apply Step 4 from Labor Day until mid-October.
  • Water in to speed greening, if desired.


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