Scotts STEP 1 Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn Food

Scotts STEP 1 Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn Food

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Product Overview

Scotts STEP 1 Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn Food is part of Scott's 4 Step Annual Program and is the first step to a beautiful and strong lawn. Apply this STEP 1 in early spring which is from February to April and get a thick and vibrant lawn. The 27-0-7 fertilizer and herbicide rolled into one mixture lets the lawn grow more roots to better absorb essential micronutrients and water as opposed to unfed lawns. Scotts STEP 1 not only prevents crabgrass from taking over the lawn it also helps protect the lawn against heat, drought and stresses making them last longer and more beautiful. This will also allow to quickly get a greener lawn after winter. Scotts STEP 1 is not for newly seeded areas.

Features and Specs

Active Ingredient: Pendimethalin 1.29%
Target pests: Crabgrass, Foxtail, Barnyard-grass, Fall Panicum, Spurge and Oxalis (common Yellow Woodsorrel)
For use in: Established Lawns Only (Do Not apply to Newly Seeded or Sodded lawns)
Application: Apply when grass is dry - Set the Spreader based on spreader settings listed on the Label
Highly Recommend using a Scotts spreader for better results
The Lawn should Receive 1/4 to 1/2 inch of water within 2-3 days after application
Pet safe: Yes, if used as directed on Label
Coverage Area: 13.35 lbs. Covers 5,000 square feet
Shipping Weight: 13.56 lbs
Manufacturer: Scotts (Mfg. Number: 39181)
UPC: 032247391818
EPA Registration: 538-190



  • 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 Spreader - Set to 3.75

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How much rainfall is required after applying Scotts STEP 1 Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn Food for best results?

I applied my step 1 and then we got over an inch of rain that same day. Following this, we then had a day rain- free but then the next day we also had substantial rain. Should I reapply and how long time, if any, do I need to wait?


According to the Step 1 Crabgrass Preventer plus Lawn Food product label, for best results the lawn should receive 1/4 to 1/2 inch of water or rainfall within 2-3 days of the application. We would recommend reapplying Step 1 in 4 weeks when you are not expecting much if any rainfall to control the amount of water applied.  

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