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Scotts® STEP® 1 Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn Food



  • Apply in early spring
  • Prevents crabgrass for up to 4 months
  • Feeds for a fast green-up after winter
  • Part of Scotts Annual Program for a picture perfect lawn
  • Not for use on dichondra or bentgrass lawns

Specs and Details

Fertilizer Analysis

  • 28-0-7

Active Ingredients

  • 1.29% Pendimethalin


  • CAUTION: Harmful if absorbed through the skin. Causes moderate eye irritation. Avoid contact with eyes, skin, or clothing.
  • USER SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS: User should wash hands before eating, drinking, chewing gum, using tobacco, or using the toilet. User should remove clothing immediately if pesticide gets inside. Then wash thoroughly and put on clean clothing
  • FIRST AID IF IN EYES: Hold eye open and rinse slowly and gently with water for 15-20 minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present, after first 5 minutes, then continue rinsing eye. If on skin or clothing: Take off contaminated clothing. Rinse skin immediately with plenty of water for 15-20 minutes.
  • IF SWALLOWED: Call a poison control center or doctor for treatment advice. Have person sip a glass of water if able to swallow. Do not induce vomiting unless told to so do by a poison control center or doctor. Do not give anything by mouth to an unconscious person.
  • IF INHALED: Move person to fresh air. If person is not breathing, call 911 or an ambulance, then give artificial respiration, preferably by mouth-to-mouth, if possible.
  • Call a poison control center or doctor for treatment advice. Have the product container or label with you when calling poison control center or doctor, or going for treatment.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS: This pesticide is toxic to fish. Runoff may be hazardous to aquatic organisms in neighboring areas. To protect the environment, do not allow pesticide to enter or run off into storm drains, drainage ditches, gutters or surface waters. Applying this product in calm weather when rain is not predicted for the next 24 hours will help to ensure that wind or rain does not blow or wash pesticide off the treatment area. Sweeping any product that lands on a driveway, sidewalk, or street, back onto the treated area of the lawn will help to prevent run off to water bodies or drainage systems. In case of spills, either collect for use or dispose of properly.
  • Staining Note: Can cause staining to cement, stone, metallic surfaces (such as automobiles and garden furniture), clothing or shoes. If contact occurs, brush off particles to prevent staining and/or unwanted tracking into the house. If necessary, rinse off with water.

Disposal Methods

  • If empty do not reuse container. Place in trash or offer for recycling if available. If partly filled, call your local solid waste agency for disposal instructions. Never place unused product down any indoor or outdoor drain.

Product Label


Scotts® Step® 1 Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn Food can improve a lawn's ability to absorb water and nutrients. Apply in early spring for a fast green-up after winter. It also controls crabgrass for up to 4 months! Utilize the entire Scotts® 4 Step program for a better lawn.

Step by Step Instructions

How to Use

  • Apply when grass is dry. Set spreader: See spreader settings above for the appropriate setting for your spreader. For best results, use a Scotts® spreader. Product does not need to be watered in, but for best results, the lawn should receive 1/4 to 1/2 inch of water from rainfall or watering within 2-3 days after application.

When and Where to Use

Where Not to Use

  • Not for use on dichondea or bentgrass lawns. Do not use on lawns within 4 months of seeding or sodding as product will prevent grass seed from sprouting. Do not apply more than twice in one year.

When to Apply

  • Apply in early spring.

How Often to Apply

  • Apply in the early spring before the third or fourth mowing or before temperatures are regularly in the 80s.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Guarantee

Scotts No-Quibble Money Back Guarantee®: If for any reason you, the consumer, are not satisfied after using this product, you are entitled to get your money back. Simply send us evidence of purchase and we will mail you a refund check promptly.

Weeds Controlled

Prevents crabgrass all season. Feeds and greens up after winter.

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