Scotts Step 3

It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 3 Fertilizer

Do you take care of your own lawn? If so, you need to know when it’s time to put down your step 3 fertilizer.  We’re here to help with some quick tips.

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What is Step 3 Fertilizer?

The third lawn care step of the year is simply fertilizer.  This will make your lawn greener.  In addition, it will thicken your lawn so that there is less room for weeds to grow.  One option is to use a simple Turf Builder like this one:

Do You Know When It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 3 Fertilizer?

In New England, we typically apply Step 3 around the 4th of July.  With all of the heat, you might be a little behind on your fertilizing schedule.  According to the manufacturer, you can apply Step 3 in June, July or August.  Be sure to wait 4-6 weeks since you applied your Step 2 fertilizer.

How to Apply Step 3 Fertilizer (without iron)

You can apply Step 3 fertilizer, also known as Turf Builder to dry grass, or grass that is wet.  The job is easy when you use a simple Broadcast Spreader. We found the Scotts broadcast spreader easy to use for this project.  Just set the spreader to the settings listed on the bag of fertilizer.

Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader

Or for smaller lawns, consider the Scotts Hand-Held Spreader which can you can use to apply fertilizer, grass seed, granular products like Preen weed-and-feed, or even ice melt in the winter.


While it is not necessary to water in Step 3, we prefer to water it in.  That way, pets and kids can return to the lawn sooner.  It also makes the grass greener just a little bit faster.

Be sure to apply when the temperature is below 85 degrees, otherwise the fertilizer may burn your grass.  The manufacturer indicates that if the temperature will be above 85 degrees, you can apply it to dry grass and water it in.

Does Your Fertilizer Contain Iron?

Some of the Step 3 fertilizers contain iron.  This actually helps to keep the grass from burning during the hot summer months.  Check the bag to confirm if your fertilizer contains iron.

It's Time to Put Down Your Step 3 Fertilizer

Here’s an example: Scotts Step 3 Lawn Food with 2-Percent Iron, 32-0-4

The manufacturer recommends applying fertilizer with iron to a wet lawn.  They also suggest not watering the grass for 24 hours so that the iron can be absorbed through the blades of the grass.  However, if the temperature is more than 90 degrees, you will need to water after applying the fertilizer.

Special Note:  According to the manufacturer, if your fertilizer contains iron, you will want to keep this fertilizer on the grass.  Sweep up any excess left on your driveway or sidewalk, otherwise, the iron may cause staining.  If you apply  this fertilizer to a wet lawn as suggested, it may also stick to your shoes, so be careful not to track it onto surfaces which may stain from the iron.

Resources

  1. For more details from the manufacturer, see:  Scotts Website – Turf Builder
  2. You may also want to read the full label of the bag: Scotts Step 3 with Iron

Watch for details on Step 4, which we put down in September, around Labor Day.

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Household Checklist for July

Household Checklist – July

Can you believe ½ of the year has passed already?  It is now July, and there’s plenty to do.  We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for July and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month.  So let’s get started.

There’s plenty to do in July:

Maintenance

  • Run dehumidifier in basement
  • Transplant houseplants to larger containers
  • Get started on holiday planning (Christmas in July)
  • Update your address book or contacts in cell phone
  • Organize three small areas in your home

Outdoors

Maintain vegetable and flower garden / weeding

Backwash pool filter

Trim shrubs, bushes, and hedges

Pick raspberries and blueberries

Apply Step 3 fertilizer to lawn

Money

  • Balance checkbook
  • Budget
  • Start your back-to-school shopping

Meal Planning

  • Host or attend 4th of July celebration
  • Plan something special for World Friendship Day: July 30
  • Plan birthday parties, cookouts and family reunions in August

Details on July Projects

Here are some specific details on our July projects.  Just click on the link below to read more.

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Printable Household Checklist for July

Just click on the link below for a printable copy of our Household Checklist for July:

Household Checklist for July

Household Checklist for July

By scheduling time to handle these items in July, you’ll be sure to keep everything running smoothly in your household.

Next steps:

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Household Checklist for June

Household Checklist for June

The month of June can be a busy time of year.  We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for June.  We’ve also included checklists, printables and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month.  So let’s get started.

Household Items to Handle in June

Maintenance

  • Finish Spring cleaning (first day of summer: 6/21)
  • Prepare for summer storms; update emergency supplies

Outdoors

Maintain vegetable and flower garden / weeding

Backwash pool filter

Power wash siding on house

Clean out gutters

Apply Step 2 Fertilizer for lawn

Apply Grub Preventer to lawn

Things to do

Locate and attend local farmer’s market

Go strawberry picking

Schedule swimming lessons and camps for children

Money

  • Balance checkbook
  • Budget
  • Finalize vacation plans

Meal Planning

  • Host or attend Father’s Day celebration
  • Plan July 4th cookout
  • Plan birthday parties in July

 

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Printable Household Checklist for June

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By scheduling time to handle these items in June, you’ll be sure to keep everything running smoothly in your household.

 

Green Grass; Don't like weeds

It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 2 Fertilizer

Do you take care of your own lawn?  If so, do you know when it’s time to put down your Step 2 Fertilizer?  We’ve outlined some details and tips for you to read.

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Benefits of Step 2 Fertilizer

Step 2 fertilizer is part of a 4 step fertilizing program that homeowners can do on their own.  Step 2 offers a weed killer plus fertilizer for your grass.

When to Put Down Step 2 Fertilizer

According to the manufacturer, you can apply Step 2 in late spring, April – June.  Be sure to wait at least 30 days since you applied your Step 1 fertilizer.  In New England, we typically apply Step 2 around Memorial Day.

Your grass should be wet, or at least damp from the morning dew.  If not, you’ll want to wet your lawn and then apply the fertilizer.  Step 2 needs to stick to your broadleaf weeds, like dandelions.

What if I put step 2 fertilizer down on dry grass?

If you put your step 2 fertilizer down on when the grass was dry, then you may not kill the broadleaf weeds, like dandelions or clover.  However, the fertilizer will still work, and your grass will receive nutrients to stay green and thick.

Make sure no wind or rain is in the forecast .  Step 2 needs time to work on those weeds, so do not water your lawn for 24 hours.

Lastly, keep an eye on the temperature.  It should be between 60 and 90 degrees.

We found the Scotts broadcast spreader easy to use for this project.  Just set the spreader to the settings listed on the bag of fertilizer.

Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader

Can you use step 2 fertilizer for new lawns?

Don’t use this product if you just seeded your lawn.  You’ll need to mow new grass at least 4 times before it’s safe to use this fertilizer.   Instead, use a fertilizer like this one, designed for new lawns: Scotts Turf Builder Lawn Food – Starter Food for New Grass Plus Weed Preventer

Can you plant grass seed after applying step 2 fertilizer?

According to the manufacturer, if you already applied step 2 fertilizer, wait 4 weeks before planting grass seed.

Resources

This product was meant to be used on general grass.  There are certain types of grass that this fertilizer should not be used on.

  1. For more details from the manufacturer, see:  Scotts Step 2
  2. You may also want to read the full label of the bag: Scotts Step 2 Instructions on Bag

Mark your calendars.  We typically put down Step 3 fertilizer around July 4th.

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15 Mothers Day Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma

15 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma

Are you trying to figure out what to buy for Mother’s Day?  Look no further.  We’re here to help with a simple strategy and 15 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma.

How to Select a Mother’s Day Gift

Set a budget.  At least have a price range in mind.  Do you want to spend:

under $10
$10-$25
$25-$50
$50-$100
Over $100

Think about what mom likes to do:

What are her hobbies?
Does she have any favorite snacks?
Where does she like to shop or dine out?
Is there something that could make mom’s life easier?

Now you’re ready to scan through our list of ideas.

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How to Select a Mother's Day Gift: 15 Mothers Day Gift Ideas

15 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #1: Chocolate

Lindt Chocolate Swiss Luxury Selection

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #2: Vera Bradley: purse, eyeglass case, or tote – available in various patterns

Vera Bradley Little Crossbody

Vera Bradley Double Eye Case


Vera Bradley Tote

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #3: Flowers

Bouquet from local florist.  This flower arrangement is a simple mix of peach roses, yellow daisies, lavender spider mums and radiant orchid carnations.  The purple and white gingham check bow adds a lovely touch to this bouquet.

15 Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma

Hanging basket:

  • Wave petunias,
  • Martha Washington Geranium, or
  • Begonias

They are all great choices.

Perennial that mom can plant in the flower bed and enjoy year after year.

  • Phlox
  • Japanese Iris
  • Roses

Trees or bushes

  • Lilac bush
  • Weeping Cherry Tree
  • Magnolia Tree

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #4: Electronics

 Fire HD Tablet with Alexa, 8″ HD Display, 16 GB

 Kindle Paperwhite E-reader

Samsung Chromebook Laptop

  • Cell phone
  • Ipad
  • Ipod

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #5: Jewelry

You can’t go wrong with an aqua blue box from Tiffany’s.

  • Silver charm necklace
  • Bracelet

Or something from your local jeweler

  • Ring with birthstones of children
  • Necklace with pendant
  • Earrings

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #6: Gift Card

Amazon.com Gift Card in a Black Gift Box

  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Clothing store
  • ITunes

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #7: Pictures

  • Family portrait for your mom
  • Take a few candid pictures of your kids.  Put them in a frame for your wife.

Hobby Items: What does you mom, grandmother, or wife like to do in her spare time?

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #8: Gardening Supplies

Garden Tote and 6 Hand Tools

Garden Scooter

Solar-Powered LED Garden Lights

  • Tools (gloves, shovel, trowel, cart to sit on)
  • Statue
  • Seeds or plants

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #9: Genealogy / Family History

  • Subscription to Ancestry.com
  • Subscription to Newsbank.com
  • Book to write down family history
  • Subscription to Family Tree Magazine

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #10: Photography

  • Software program to organize pictures
  • Camera
  • Camcorder

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #11: Reading

  • Gift card to Barnes and Noble
  • Newest book written by her favorite author
  • Popular books

Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #12: Scrapbooking

  • Album to keep finished pages
  • Supplies: paper, pens, stickers
  • Special tools: Cricut Paper Cutter

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #13: Sports / Outdoor Activities

Running, boating, swimming, camping, tennis, golf, beach bum

  • New gear or equipment: tennis racquet, clubs, balls
  • Kayak
  • Clothing / sneakers
  • Beach bag with new towel, flip flops and sunscreen

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #14: Non-Commercialized Ideas

  • Breakfast in bed
  • Hand-made card
  • Drawing from children
  • Homemade cookies or cake

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #15: Still need more Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma?  Check out the Mother’s Day Gift Shop

Have a Happy Mother’s Day!