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How To Create That Perfect Spring Lawn With Scotts® 4 Step® Program

Brinkmann’s Hardware: Your Source for Scotts® 4 Step® Program

4 bags of Scotts annual program lawn care foodBrinkmann’s Hardware started out as a single, small operation that has now flourished across Long Island. We have locations in Blue Point, NY; Holbrook, NY; Miller Place, NY; and Sayville, NY. We’re proud to stock the full line of Scotts® Lawn Care products, including the Scotts® 4 Step® Program. But we offer more than just the products you need for a lush and green lawn. We’re also proud to provide you with winning customer service and proven advice, and if you have any questions please contact your local Brinkmann’s Hardware today!

Those who shop with us at Brinkmann’s Hardware are not just customers. Rather, we consider everyone who walks through our doors our neighbors, and like any good neighbor, we’re willing and eager to help! Everything we do is to ensure that you have a simple, successful shopping trip. Just let us know what you’re looking for or what project you’re considering, and a member of our team will set you on the right track. When it comes to your lawn, we’ll always recommend the Scotts® 4 Step® Program. As one of our renowned in-store brands, we trust Scotts® to deliver high-quality, effective results to our friends and neighbors. If we wouldn’t buy it ourselves, it doesn’t make it to our shelves! 

From lawn food and weed control to paint, propane, and tools, Brinkmann’s Hardware has it all – and we have everything you need from some of the most trusted brands available today! That’s why Scotts® Lawn Care is our preferred lawn care provider. Whether you struggle with crabgrass, have a dried and browned out lawn, or can’t convince your grass to grow after winter, Scotts® 4 Step® Program can help.

Year-Round Lawn Care & Weed Control

Everyone is always after the secret to growing and maintaining a beautiful, bright, and green lawn. You can spend months working day and night to coax your lawn into reaching its full potential, only for fall and winter to send you back to square one. But we have good news: thanks to Scotts® 4 Step® Program, you don’t have to have a green thumb or hours of spare time to liven up your lawn anymore! That’s why Brinkmann’s Hardware is proud to carry Scotts® Lawn Care products, including a full line of spreaders to pair with the Scotts® 4 Step® Program for maximum benefits. 

Scotts® 4 Step® Program is an annual lawn care program designed to speed up the greening process in spring, ensure your lawn stays lush and healthy throughout summer, and give your lawn the tools it needs to settle into winter in preparation for next year’s spring. Thanks to these products, you’ll have a fresh “spring yard” look all year round. All you need are four affordable, easy-to-use products for a full, lush lawn that will make your neighbors and passersby green with envy! 

Below, we’ve detailed a full list of instructions for everything that you need to know about the Scotts® 4 Step® Program and prepared for any questions that you may have. Start learning more about this state-of-the-art annual lawn care program!

Scotts® STEP®1

Scotts® STEP®1 Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn Food provides your lawn the support it needs to get back to full health after a long winter. Once applied, water and nutrients can be more easily absorbed, and your lawn will be protected from crabgrass for up to four months. 

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What should I know about this product?: Scotts® STEP®1 Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn Food is the first step in the Scotts® Annual program. It is to be used in early spring to help your lawn return to a green, lush state quickly after winter and is a crabgrass killer. This product is not designed for dichondra or bentgrass lawns. 

How should I use it?: This product should be applied to dry grass. We recommend using a Scotts® spreader for the best results, but other spreaders can also be used. You don’t need to water in this product, but ¼” to ½” of rainfall or water two or three days after the initial application helps to amplify the results.

Are there restrictions?: This product is not intended for dichondra or bentgrass lawns, and you should not apply this to lawns that have been seeded or sodded in the last four months. Recently seeded or sodded lawns that receive this product will be prevented from sprouting. You should also refrain from using this product more than two times in a single year. 

When should I use it?: This is a spring lawn care item, so it should be used in early spring. We also recommend that you use this product before your third or fourth mowing in spring and before temperatures regularly hit 80°F or above. 

How often should I use it?: You should use Scotts® STEP®1 Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn Food at least once a year but no more than twice a year.

What setting should I set my spreader to?: Scotts® Broadcast / Rotary Spreader – (Turf Builder® Edgeguard Mini, Basic, Standard, Deluxe Edgeguard, Edgeguard DLX, Lawn Pro & Speedy Green) – Set to 3

Scotts® Drop Spreaders – (AccuGreen, Classic Drop) – Set to 6

Scotts® Easygreen® – Set to 27 1/2 

Scotts® Wizz™ – Set to 3 3/4

Scotts® Elite Spreader – 3 ½

How can I get it? Visit us in Blue Point, NY; Holbrook, NY; Miller Place, NY; or Sayville, NY – we’ll make sure you go home with exactly what you need.

Scotts® STEP® 2

Scotts® STEP® 2 Weed Control Plus Lawn Food 2 is the second stage in the Scotts® Annual Program. This product will help you grow a perfectly green lawn, starting at the roots. Featuring Scotts® Exclusive Particle Technology, it also targets weeds and removes both obvious eyesores and those that are out of sight. 

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What should I know about this product?: Scotts® STEP® 2 Weed Control Plus Lawn Food 2 eliminates weeds (both visible and hidden), including dandelions and clovers. It also reaches down to the roots to grow a thick, lush, and green lawn. This product is not for St. Augustine grass, floratam, dichondra, lippia, carpetgrass, or bentgrass lawns. 

How should I use it?: It’s recommended to apply this product on a calm day to slightly wet grass, as this will help the Scotts® Exclusive Particle Technology stick to weeds. The lawn can be wet either from dew or manual watering. 

Are there restrictions?: Please heed all restrictions for the best results. 

This product should not be applied more than twice per year, and if you are applying more than once, a 30-day wait period is required between applications. 

Please be careful to only apply this product to grass and ensure that no granules reach other vegetation. This product should not be applied to lawns or yards near water, including storm drains, gutters, sewers, drainage ditches, rivers, ponds, lakes, or any body of water (a minimum of 25 ft. away is needed). 

This product is not designed for St. Augustine grass, floratam, dichondra, lippia, carpetgrass, or bentgrass. Temporary discoloration may appear on Bermuda grass, bahia, centipede grass, and zoysia lawns under some conditions. 

Notes for bahia and centipede grasses: Apply after the second mowing of the year but do not apply before the middle of March. If used in the fall, do not use this product on centipede grass after October 1, and do not use it on bahia after November 1. 

Do not apply this product when it is windy or if there is a chance of rain the next day. The product should be applied directly to the lawn and any granules on surfaces like driveways or walkways should be swept back onto grasses. To prevent this product from running off, keep watering to a minimum and wait to apply until clear conditions arise. 

Once this product has been applied, do not water or mow for at least 24 hours. If you have recently undergone seeding, sodding, or sprigging, wait to apply until the lawn has undergone four mowings and one month of growth time. 

How often should I use it?: For best results, apply in late spring. 

When should I use it?: As the second part of the annual lawn care program, this product should be applied no less than 30 days after the Part 1 product. 

What setting should I set my spreader to?:

Scotts® Broadcast / Rotary Spreader – (Turf Builder® Edgeguard Mini, Basic, Standard, Deluxe Edgeguard, Edgeguard DLX, Lawn Pro & Speedy Green) – Set to 3 1/2

Scotts® Drop Spreaders – (AccuGreen, Classic Drop) – Set to 5

Scotts® Wizz™ Spreader – Set to 3 3/4

Scotts® Elite Spreader – 3 ½

How can I get it? Request this product for in-store pickup today!

Scotts® STEP® 3

Scotts® STEP® 3 Lawn Food With 2% Iron strengthens your lawn for those hot, dry days. Even when the going gets tough, your lawn will remain green with this product!

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What should I know about this product?: This third step gives your lawn the nutrients it needs – including 2% iron – to continue growing and remain green even through extreme heat and droughts. 

How should I use it?: Perfect for any grass type, this product can be applied to a wet or dry lawn. If temperatures exceed 90°F, you should water your lawn right after applying to help limit stress. 

Are there restrictions?: This is a fertilizer that is only meant for lawns, though it can be used under tree drip lines. Do not use it on ornamentals or mulch. 

How often should I use it?: You can apply this product to your lawn every six to eight weeks. 

When should I use it?: Spring and summer are the ideal application months.

What setting should I set my spreader to?:

Scotts® Wizz™ – Set to 3 3/4

Scotts® Elite Spreader – 3 ½

How can I get it? Pay a visit to our store in Blue Point, NY; Holbrook, NY; Miller Place, NY; or Sayville, NY today!

Scotts® Step 4

Fall and winter can be cruel to your lawn. Get your lawn ready for cold temperatures with Scotts® Turf Builder® WinterGuard® Fall Lawn Food. This helps to give your grass a head start come spring, as strong, deep roots are developed and your grass receives an abundance of nutrients. This Part 4 product even repairs heat damage caused in the summer!

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What should I know about this product?: Compatible with any type of grass, this product ensures deep, tough roots that will hold strong through fall and winter. It also helps to repair heat and drought damage from the summer, as it allows for improved water and nutrient absorption. 

How should I use it?: This product can be applied on a calm day whether your lawn is wet or dry. While no water is needed, it’s recommended to water this product during dryer periods. 

Are there restrictions?: No! You can use this product on any grass. 

How often should I use it?: You should use it twice every fall. 

When should I use it?: Fall is the best time to use this product. Apply first in early fall and again six to eight weeks later in late fall. 

What setting should I set my spreader to?:

Scotts® Broadcast / Rotary Spreader – (Turf Builder® Edgeguard Mini, Basic, Standard, Deluxe Edgeguard, Edgeguard DLX, Lawn Pro & Speedy Green) – Set to 3 1/4

Scotts® Drop Spreaders – (AccuGreen, Classic Drop) – Set to 6 1/4

Scotts® Easygreen® – Set to 27 1/2

Scotts® Wizz™ – Set to 4

Scotts® Elite Spreader – 3 ½

How can I get it? Place your order for in-store pick up today!

Wrapping Up

Year-round lawn care is made simple and affordable with the Scotts® 4 Step® Program – and now you know exactly how to use it. Brinkmann’s Hardware carries these and other fine lawn food and weed control products. Get in touch with us today or visit one of our locations to enjoy your greenest, lushest lawn yet!

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