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Expert Gardener 29-0-4 Fertilizer – Worth Using?

I am located in NW Pennsylvania and we put in our lawn last year. I am a complete noob when it comes to lawn care. One of the local big box stores here has the Expert Gardener 29-04-4 fertilizer on sale since the season is winding down.

Is this stuff worth buying up to use on my lawn? If so, what time of year is best to use this type of fertilizer? Or I am better off buying the 4 stage seasonal fertilizer that Scott’s sells?

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j4c11

I’d snatch some up, it’s probably perfect for fall fertilizing. Post a picture of the nutrient analysis on the back of the bag.

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dchall_san_antonio

Get it now, because it might not be available in November. That is the product to use AFTER your lawn has stopped growing but before the frost and freezes send it into complete dormancy. There’s a sweet spot there when this should be applied. The idea is to feed the roots without stimulating new top growth. The result will be seen in the spring when yours is the first grass to green up.

The 4-step Scott’s program was marketing genius. It might not be the best thing for every lawn, or any lawn, but it sells a lot of product. And when you have boat payments to make all year, that’s what you need to do. Here’s the general timing for most lawn products.

Fertilize on Memorial Day, Labor Day, and about Thanksgiving (winterizer). You can use chemical fertilizer or organic. The application rate for organic fertilizer is always 15-20 pounds per 1,000 square feet. You can’t damage anything by using too much organic.

Herbicide: Preemergent herbicide (with no fertilizer) when the forsythia start to bloom in your neighborhood. This might be in late Feb or March. Spot spray weeds in mid April.

Insecticide: Since the 1960s I have never used an insecticide, but if you need one, you need one. Usually it takes until July for insect damage to become visible. You don’t need to apply anything unless you see the damage. Far too many people think they should apply it in June just in case. That’s part of the problem with Scott’s seasonal plan. Insecticide is bad for the health of the soil itself.

Fungicide: This is another area where you should not apply it in anticipation of getting a disease. It’s bad for the soil, too. But when you need something you need it. With fungal disease there is an organic solution that works for many of us. If you are interested in that then use ordinary corn meal at 20 pounds per 1,000 square feet.

I am located in NW Pennsylvania and we put in our lawn last year. I am a complete noob when it comes to lawn care. One of the local big box stores here has the Expert Gardener 29-04-4 fertilizer on sale since the season is winding down. Is this stuff worth buying up to use on my lawn? If so, w…

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Expert Gardener fertilizer is made by.

Expert Gardener fertilizer is made by.

Post by Green » Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:02 am

Couldn’t sleep, and was poking around online.

Remember that “Expert Gardener” brand fertilizer from Walmart?

“Swiss Farms Products”. Website: https://www.omri.org/mfg/swf
Note the email address.

Cool. I remember getting a few bags on sale for an insanely low price a few years ago. Still have a little left. Results were always excellent. I know it doesn’t matter who “makes” it (whatever that means. not sure that Scotts actually makes their fertilizer based on a convo with thegrassdactor), but it’s interesting.

I’ve never used the Scott’s Southern Lawn Food (32-0-10), but wouldn’t be surprised if the Expert Gardener 29-0-4 is composed of the same raw materials, just in a slightly different blend ratio. Can anyone who has both confirm whether they look the same?

Re: Expert Gardener fertilizer is made by.

Post by JERSEY » Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:46 pm

My expert ferts dont have an OHIO address on the back. pretty sure it says Georgia.
The expert fertilizers I use. are always larger prills, and look like a lesco.

Nothing like a scotts prill size.

Furthermore, I always have great success with expert. I dont have good results with scotts, its rough on my grass and I even see red-brown spots on grass when using it. I absolutely dont understand why, as it works on other lawns, but not mine.

I love the expert ferts. Always great results. always.

Re: Expert Gardener fertilizer is made by.

Post by Green » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:21 pm

My expert ferts dont have an OHIO address on the back. pretty sure it says Georgia.
The expert fertilizers I use. are always larger prills, and look like a lesco.

Nothing like a scotts prill size.

Interesting. mine actually has the same address. Gro Tec, inc., PO Box 290, Madison, GA, 30650.
Looking that one up, it points to Pennington rather than Scotts: http://www.buzzfile.com/business/Gro-Te . 6-342-1234. Also: https://www.packworld.com/design/materi . ompetition

That said, my Ace brand 29-0-4 is Swiss Farms, so I guess that one is made by Scotts. It looks like Scotts fert, but with some extra brown chunks (not sure the deal with those). Here’s a list of Scotts subsidiaries as of 2011. Swiss Farms is listed at the bottom: https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data . 1dex21.htm
Not sure who makes Pennington’s fertilizers for them.

True Value brand and I believe Jonathan Green as well used to say Lebanon on their bags. Not sure if that’s still the case.

OMS Investments is another name to look up.

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