Turf Trust and Scotts - Lawn Fertilizer Comparisons

Scotts and Competitor Ratings

There are many lawn fertilizer brands on the market, most of which you have never heard of. Everyone knows the Scotts brand; they are in every big chain (Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart), but not many know about their rivals.

There are 4 main high quality fertilizer brand competitors;

  1. Pennington
  2. Jonathan Green
  3. Turf Trust
  4. Greenview

Most of these brands can be found in local gardening stores (Meadows Farms, Merrifields, etc).

When choosing a lawn fertilizer, an important factor is the amount of water-insoluble nitrogen the fertilizer contains. This means that the grass will be slowly fed nitrogen (the stuff that keeps it green) for several months. The advantage of slow fed nitrogen is that it does not burn your lawn like traditional Scotts fertilizers, and also provides vital nutrients over a long period of time.

The Turf Trust Schedule is designed for the east coast and mid west. Turf Trust should be applied four times a year. The first application is needed in early Spring. The second application is early Summer. The third and fourth applications are in fall. The third application is early fall, and the last application is late fall.

If you are in need of a cheap fertilizer to give a quick green burst to your lawn, go with Scotts. It is easy to find and not costly. But if you desire a higher quality lawn, I would recommend either Turf Trust or Jonathan Green Organic Fertilizer.

If you are worried about your pet or the environment, use Jonathan Green Organic Fertilizer. It is a safe alternative fertilizer.

If you can keep your pets out of your lawn until it has been watered in well (1-2 days) use Turf Trust Professional Lawn Fertilizer. It is the highest-grade lawn fertilizer on the market and will give you optimum results.

Pennington and Greenview are both decent brands, but don't offer the same micronutrients and nitrogen sources as Turf Trust.

Which fertilizer do you use?

  • Scotts
  • Turf Trust
  • Greenview
  • Pennington
  • Jonathan Green
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Greenview's website gives this information:

Guaranteed analysis:

Total Nitrogen (N) 24%

Available Phosphate 2%

Soluble Potash 8%

Turf Trust

Total Nitrogen (N) 24% - Water-Insoluble Nitrogen (N) 20%

***Water-insoluble Nitrogen (N ) 20%

Available Phosphate 2%

Soluble Potash 12%

Pennington
Total Nitrogen (N) 29%

Available Phosphate 0%

Soluble Potash 5%

Jonathan Green Organic Fertilizer

Total Nitrogen (N) 8%

Available Phosphate 3%

Soluble Potash 1%

Scotts Turf Builder

Total Nitrogen (N) 29%

Available Phosphate 2%

Soluble Potash 4%

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