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    Scotts Lawn Care is one of the best-known brands for products like fertilizer, weed control, and grass seeds. The company is part of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, which also owns brands such as Hyponex, Earthgro, and Ortho. Scotts used to have a subsidiary called Scotts LawnService that provided lawn care services to consumers around the US. That company combined with TruGreen in 2016.

    Keep reading to learn about the history of Scotts Lawn Care and how to best use Scott’s most popular lawn products in your yard.

    If lawn care isn’t your specialty, have you considered hiring a professional lawn service to take over messy tasks like fertilizing and weed control? Today’s Homeowner recommends TruGreen as the best lawn care service, which serves more customers than any other lawn care service in North America.

    Scotts’ history of innovation

    Scotts Lawn Care, founded by O.M. Scott, has been an innovator in the world of lawn care since just a few years after the Civil War. The company started out selling seeds to farmers in 1868, and its history has been marked by a series of notable firsts, such as:

    • First company to offer farm seeds by mail order, starting in 1879.
    • First company to sell weed-free grass seed, starting in 1907. Prior to that, grass seeds were simply gathered from mown hay and included weed seeds.
    • Creating the first fertilizer designed especially for the needs of lawns in 1928. The product was branded Scotts Turf Builder, a name that’s still used today.
    • First company to open a full-time research division for turfgrass in 1946.
    • Creating the first weed and feed product in 1947.
    • Releasing the first pre-emergent crabgrass control product in 1958.
    • Receiving the first US patent granted for a grass variety, Windsor grass, a kind of Kentucky Bluegrass, in 1962.

    As the 20th century progressed, The Scotts Company acquired a variety of brands in the lawn and garden industry, including some companies that make organic gardening products. In 1995, Scotts merged with Miracle-Gro, marrying its lawn care expertise with the gardening expertise of the company known for garden fertilizer. The joint company, which is headquartered in Marysville, OH, was rebranded The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in 2005. Forbes Magazine named the company to its list of the 100 Most Reputable Companies in 2015, the first time Scotts appeared on that list.

    Scotts LawnService

    The Scotts Company entered the lawn care service business in 1998 when it acquired Emerald Green Lawn Service. Scotts LawnService continued making acquisitions in the lawn care service industry with the goal of having a substantial presence in the top 100 lawn care markets in the US. In 2002, for instance, it acquired The Lawn Company, a major lawn care provider in the Boston area. Scotts had both company-owned and franchised branches.

    At one point, Scotts LawnService even considered trying to acquire TruGreen. By 2015, however, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company had decided to concentrate on its core business sectors—seeds, fertilizers, and other lawn care and gardening products—and it spun off control of Scotts LawnService to TruGreen, cementing TruGreen’s status as the largest lawn care service provider in the US.*

    The deal closed in April 2016, with Scotts maintaining a 30% ownership in the new joint venture. TruGreen phased out the Scotts LawnService name over the next year or so.

    Lawn care products

    Since the turn of the last century, when Scotts had the ingenious idea of selling grass seed that wasn’t contaminated with weed and seed, the company has focused on creating products that help homeowners create a lawn they can be proud of and enjoy. You’ll find Scotts products at Home Depot and other big-box retailers, local garden stores, and online.

    Scotts Lawn Care products fall into a few notable categories:

    Lawn care guidance

    In addition to making a variety of products to help perfect your lawn, Scotts Lawn Care also has some programs and apps designed to make it easier to figure out what products to use and when to use them.

    The Scotts Lawn Care Program

    Based on your zip code, Scotts will help you decide exactly what products you should apply on your lawn, such as crabgrass preventer and fall fertilizer. With the lawn care program, the company sends you the products all at once, so you have them on hand, then reminds you when it’s time to apply each product.

    The Scotts My Lawn app­

    If you’d like customized suggestions to help you create a lawn maintenance plan, Scotts has an app for that. With the My Lawn app, you enter your grass type, location, lawn size, and other information, and you’ll get tips on what products to use and when to use them. Unlike the lawn care program, where the products are delivered to your door, you can modify these suggestions and choose which products to buy and apply. (The app is available at The App Store and Google Play.)

    Scotts® 4 STEP® Program

    Scotts gives homeowners four products designed for their region that need to be applied in order. For Southern homeowners, for instance, the program consists of a crabgrass preventer in the spring, a weed and feed to tackle dandelions, a fertilizer with iron to promote deep green grass, and a fall lawn food to create a strong lawn the following year.

    Scotts 4-step program

    With its vast line of products and regional variations, Scotts Lawn Care seems to have a product for every need. These are some popular Scotts products that have received good reviews on Amazon.

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    Lawn care: DIY or hire?

    With so many lawn care products available, just deciding what to use on your lawn can be overwhelming. That’s why Today’s Homeowner recommends homeowners leave the fertilizing and weed control to professionals, who have the training necessary to make the right choices about what to apply and when to apply it.


    • You can find a lawn care app to suggest a lawn maintenance schedule for your yard, but you still have to buy the lawn care products and find the time to apply them. You might have to purchase specialized equipment like spreaders or sprayers, as well, adding to your expense. And do you really want to store the leftover chemicals in your garage?


    • With a lawn care service, trained professionals come to your home and do the work on a schedule dictated by the needs of your lawn, rather than when you can fit it into your busy life. The lawn care provider can analyze your yard, identify the specific problems that need to be addressed, and offer the correct solution right away, without you having to do research or read endless product labels.

    Our recommendation: TruGreen

    If you’d rather spend your time enjoying your yard rather than maintaining it, Today’s Homeowner recommends TruGreen as our preferred professional lawn service. TruGreen is the largest lawn care service in North America, with more than 300 branches in the US. The company also has branches in Canada.

    TruGreen’s technicians are specially trained to identify the precise services needed to make your yard the beautiful outdoor space you want. Additionally, the company guarantees that if you’re not satisfied, they will return as needed to ensure your satisfaction.

    After an initial Healthy Lawn Analysis®✦, TruGreen will keep you up-to-date on what’s going on with your lawn, including a service summary after every visit. Your technician will also pass along suggestions and tips about how to care for your lawns in between treatments

    With three levels of service for US customers, TruGreen offers homeowners plenty of options to meet their needs.

    With applications tailored to your yard, TruGreen’s lawn care plans include:

    • The TruHealthSM Lawn Plan is a good choice to maintain a lawn that’s already in good shape. This plan includes 8 visits a year to apply fertilizer, weed controllers, and soil amendments.
    • The TruCompleteSM Lawn Plan provides a few additional services to help lawns that need a little extra attention. Along with fertilizer, weed control, and soil amendments, TruGreen technicians perform lawn aeration services to reduce soil compaction. Aeration helps your grass by making the soil more conducive for healthier root growth.
    • The TruSignatureSM Lawn Plan takes the TruComplete package and adds care for your trees and shrubs, which are often an underserviced part of your landscaping. Tree and shrub care focuses on preventing diseases and insect infestations that can damage landscape plants.

    TruGreen also offers pest control services to combat problems such as grubs, mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. Contact TruGreen for a free quote on any of these services.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Scott's Lawn Care

    Does TruGreen use Scotts Lawn Care products?

    The TruGreen website doesn’t specify if the company uses Scotts products. It says, “The products we approve for company use contain the same ingredients found in lawn care products that tens of millions of homeowners buy annually at lawn and garden outlets. We ensure these products are applied safely according to federal, state, and local regulations. The specific products applied to your landscape are detailed on your invoice with each treatment.”

    What products should you treat your lawn with in the spring?

    What your lawn needs in the spring depends on several variables, including the kind of grass growing in your yard, where you live, and how well weeds are controlled. A warm-season grass, which goes dormant in winter, should be fertilized in late spring or early summer after it’s actively growing. If weeds are likely to be a problem throughout the lawn, apply a pre-emergent herbicide in late winter or early spring, before the seeds have a chance to sprout.

    How much does Scotts LawnService cost?

    Scotts LawnService is no longer available. The company merged with TruGreen, which offers a free price quote through its online request form. You can also call 1-866-817-2172.

    Are Scotts Lawn Care products safe for pets?

    Scotts advises homeowners to read the label on the lawn care product and to keep their pets off the lawn for the amount of time listed on the package after applying the product. Usually, you want to make sure the product is dry before letting your dog into the yard.

    Use reasonable caution when using products that contain herbicides or pesticides. The company says that you can let your dog into the yard as soon as you apply Scotts Turf Builder Lawn Food provided you didn’t water the grass immediately after the application. If you watered the grass, allow it to dry before letting animals enter the yard so that your pet does track the particles back into your home. The manufacturer also makes Scotts Natural Lawn Food which it advertises “can be used around kids and pets.”

    Editorial Contributors
    Elisabeth Beauchamp

    Elisabeth Beauchamp

    Senior Staff Writer

    Elisabeth Beauchamp is a content producer for Today’s Homeowner’s Lawn and Windows categories. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in Journalism and Linguistics. When Elisabeth isn’t writing about flowers, foliage, and fertilizer, she’s researching landscaping trends and current events in the agricultural space. Elisabeth aims to educate and equip readers with the tools they need to create a home they love.

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    Lora Novak meticulously proofreads and edits all commercial content for Today’s Homeowner to guarantee that it contains the most up-to-date information. Lora brings over 12 years of writing, editing, and digital marketing expertise. She’s worked on thousands of articles related to heating, air conditioning, ventilation, roofing, plumbing, lawn/garden, pest control, insurance, and other general homeownership topics.

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