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Old 06-05-2015, 04:35 AM
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Default Have you used Scott's bonus s/weed and feed this year with poor results?

I fertilize my lawn with their southern lawn weed and feed every year. I have a mix of centipede and st Augustine. This year it looks like crap, all splotchy and brown patches. Naturally I blamed my wife, as I usually do when anything wrong goes on in the yard. She denied any wrongdoing.

I was talking about it with a friend who owns a landscape company, he said Scott's messed with the formula and put too much nitrogen in it. The st Augustine loves it but the centipede hates it.

I called the company, they are getting so many complaints they have automated numbers for it. I had to send proof of purchase (pic of bag or receipt) and pictures of yard, then get two estimates for repairing or replacing it.

I have done all that, now they are sending an independent adjustor out and supposedly are going to cut me a nice check to repair it. They appear to be standing up and doing the right thing here. Though I'm sure a good bit of that is avoiding a lawsuit.

I almost started a thread a while ago saying "why does my yard look like crap" but I knew once I admitted my meager yard care regimen you would all laugh at me and say it was my own fault. Well, turns out its not my fault.
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Bummer, at least they are willing to make it right.

I don't know with your type of grass if GreenView fertilizer will work or not?

I switched from Scott's to GreenView a few years ago and my yard looks the best it ever has. It's a little pricey, but worth it to me.


http://www.greenviewfertilizer.com/s...lizers-C8.aspx





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Old 06-05-2015, 05:41 AM
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Wow they messed up. I have some not used. I don't think I will use it now.
"Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. is taking a multimillion-dollar hit after the company took one of its most-popular products off the shelves in some states.
It took action after numerous customer complaints that the weed-and-feed product wasn’t feeding lawns – rather, it was killing them."

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/...d-variety.html
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Damn...I got some weed/feed from Possums and it didn't do much to the weeds. Was thinking of going with Scott's next year due to reco by buddy, but not sure. Centipede doesn't like a bunch of nitrogen.
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I've had issues with Bonus S for a year or so. November of '13 I used it on my "nice" yard to fortify it through the winter, and it thinned out (killed) about 30% of my grass. I called Scott's complaining, then sent pics of the grass, and of course, they took no responsibility but they refunded my purchase price.

Fast forward to 6 months ago, I heard that they changed the formula, so I bought it again, put it down and it didn't appear to work more than just wilting the weeds a bit. I did a second application a month later and with the same stuff, and the results were better.

I've used Bonus S for lots of years with really good results, but it seems like they've been screwing with the formula for the past few years.
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I used it a couple of months ago. My yard was being taken over by clover and the Weed-n-Feed did a pretty good job of killing it. I've got St. Augustine.
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I prefer to not use weed n feed. Talk to a local extension agent to get some advice. Also don't forget a soil test.

From the ag extension agent, you can get application rates and suggestions.

The generic weed n feeds might be to little or too much of what you need.

Over use can cause run off, thus more pollution in the water, thus less fish for us.
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I used Scotts religiously for 3 years straight and I had one of the worst lawns in the neighborhood. I followed the recommendations and applications as advised. I switched to Lesco and now have the nicest lawn in the neighborhood. Simply put, Scott's sucks.
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Originally Posted by nccoaster View Post
I prefer to not use weed n feed. Talk to a local extension agent to get some advice. Also don't forget a soil test.

From the ag extension agent, you can get application rates and suggestions.

The generic weed n feeds might be to little or too much of what you need.

Over use can cause run off, thus more pollution in the water, thus less fish for us.
The stuff I used was reco'd by Clemson...and is a "professional" mix, supposedly. Now, arguably, I could have gone a bit heavier with the dosage, but my lawn is exactly 1 year old right now and did not want to overdo it.
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St. Augustine needs sunshine, water and good drainage. Stop treating your lawn. You are wasting your time and money.
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Originally Posted by Saltwatercat View Post
St. Augustine needs sunshine, water and good drainage. Stop treating your lawn. You are wasting your time and money.
fertilization can help St. Augustine develop a hardy root system (along with the proper watering cycle) that will help it survive periods of drought.

Rather than going with a one-for-all fertilizer, determine the needs of your specific grass, and find the appropriate fertilizer for it, with the matching N-P-K numbers. I used to know which did what, but generally I use a fertilizer that boosts the root system so it can utilize the most of the moisture and nutrients in the soil.
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Originally Posted by Saltwatercat View Post
St. Augustine needs sunshine, water and good drainage. Stop treating your lawn. You are wasting your time and money.
So it doesn't need any food? My soil is very sandy, as in almost completely sand. I don't think there is much nutrient value in it so what would my grass do for food?
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So it doesn't need any food? My soil is very sandy, as in almost completely sand. I don't think there is much nutrient value in it so what would my grass do for food?
welfare, of course!
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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
The stuff I used was reco'd by Clemson...and is a "professional" mix, supposedly. Now, arguably, I could have gone a bit heavier with the dosage, but my lawn is exactly 1 year old right now and did not want to overdo it.
The Clemson "master gardeners" have a booth at the mt p farmers market, maybe I'll bring them a soil and grass sample and ask for a recommendation. Those folks know their stuff.

I should add, I used the same stuff in years past and it was fantastic.
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I sent 5 soil samples to Clemson earlier this year. The results were very helpful.
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Originally Posted by Double tyme View Post
The Clemson "master gardeners" have a booth at the mt p farmers market, maybe I'll bring them a soil and grass sample and ask for a recommendation. Those folks know their stuff.

I should add, I used the same stuff in years past and it was fantastic.
I'm sure you have seen this, but just in case...for centipede. I would think there is one for St. Aug, too, just never looked for it
http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgi.../hgic1215.html

Sorry about the luck with Scott's. No yard of the month for you!

My neighbor just redid his lawn and swears by Scott's stuff...I will definitely tell him about this.
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http://www.postandcourier.com/articl...150609430/1018

Scotts company paying customers after weed and feed products kill grass
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Scott's user for years with mediocre results. Last year was the last for Scott's. My yard was in good shape just time for feeding and weed killing, applied like normal. The yard within 2 weeks had brown spots, unusual weeds starting to grow. Went down to the Forestry store, they sell everything for your yard to public and wholesale. I talked to them and they suggested Lesco. Night and day with my yard since switch. Thicker greener don't seem to have as many weeds this summer as prior. Very happy.
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Old 06-10-2015, 04:27 PM
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Yeah
I will never use scott's again. Blotched up my lawn and didn't kill one weed. I find the vigoro weed and feed to be a better product. When it gets wet it goes gooey and stays put.
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