Scotts Fertilizer vs Vigoro Fertilizer – Which is Best?

For some of us our lawn is our pride and joy, we don’t spend all out time on our cars or fancy home entertainment systems…what we really enjoy is mowing our lawns and making it look just perfect.And a big part of that is using the right lawn fertilizer. Generally when you talk about lawn fertilizers, the discussion comes down to two competing brands: Scotts Fertilizer vs Vigoro Fertilizer.

But which actually is better? Which should you use? In this article we will look at both of those questions and attempt to help you pick the lawn fertilizer that is right for you.

vigoro vs scotts

WHICH LAWN FERTILIZER WE TESTED

For the purpose of this article, we chose to test the most popular lawn fertilizer from each brand:

  • Vigoro Weed & Feed
  • Scotts Turf Builder – Weed and Feed

Cost

cost of lawn care

Vigoro Weed and Feed is sold for around $15 for a 15lb bag. This 15lb bag fertilizes up to 5,000 sq. ft.

So, using the maths that we learned at school that means that for each 100 sq. ft of lawn fertilized with Vigoro Weed And Feed it will cost you about $0.32

Now lets do the same maths for Scotts Turf Builder Weed and Feed.

A 15lb bag of Scotts Weed and Feed will set you back about $22, and this also fertilizes up to 5,000 sq. ft.

For every 100 sq. ft of lawn fertilized with the Scotts product, it will cost around $0.44

Want to see that in terms of percentage? Well that means that it costs you 37.5% more to fertilize with Scotts Weed and Feed.

If you like graphs, here is one that shows it clearly.

vigoro vs scotts

But hang on…….

For some of you that may be all you need to know to make a decision. But cost is only a small part of our verdict, so lets move on and look at how each company performs with regards to customer support.

Ease Of Application – How To Apply Lawn Fertilizer

how to apply scotts fertilizer

The application of Vigoro Fertilizer vs Scotts Fertilizer is almost identical. The procedure basically goes like this.

  1. Do not apply if rain is forecast. Rain will wash the fertilizer away before it does it’s magic.
  2. Fill your chosen fertilizer spreader (see our list of the best fertilizer spreaders here) and set it as per the fertilizer instructions.
  3. Ensure the lawn is wet either from dew or from a light watering.
  4. Apply the lawn fertilizer

Customer Service

This is another area where the Scotts and Vigoro differ quite substantially.

Online Presence

When I did a quick Google search on how to use each product, the results were quite different.

The results for “Scotts weed and feed instructions” came up with links to the Scotts website  that had all the required instructions and handy tips.

Scotts also had a very handy tool that helps you create a lawn care plan that makes it much easier to choose a fertilizer and a feeding schedule that suits your yard. You can find the tool here.

However the results for “Vigoro weed and feed instructions” were quite different. All I got for Vigoro were links to big retailers that just wanted to sell me the product and unhelpful reviews.

In fact, if you try to go to the Vigoro website www.vigoro.com it just takes you to Home Depot’s website. While this site did contain a few helpful tips, it was nowhere near as good as the information provided by Scotts.

Scotts Vs Vigoro: Customer Support Options

Vigoro Support Options

  •  General Home Depot support phone number
  • Contact form

Scotts Support Options

  • Online live chat
  • Text line
  • Support contact form
  • Mailing address
  • Dedicated Scotts support phone number

So I think the clear winner in customer support is Scotts Lawn Fertilizer by a long way.

It is MUCH easier to get into contact with Scotts and actually speak to someone that knows what they are talking about when it comes to the best lawn fertilizer for your grass and how to use it.

But once again, this is not the end of it. Now we look at how the product performs.

VIGORO VS SCOTTS – WHICH PERFORMS BETTER?

Ok, so this is where the article might get a bit contentious. Lawn fertilizer works differently for different people depending on many different factors, so for some people Scotts fertilizer may work better, where as for other people Vigoro fertilizer is best.

I want to stress here that you need to pick the fertilizer that is right for you, your area and your lawn. Go into your local garden shop and talk to them about it, ask your neighbors about what works for them and find out what their experience is with different brands.

For the purpose of this article we obviously need to make a recommendation, so keep in mind that this section is based purely on our experience with each fertilizer.

Your experience may vary.

Our Experience With Scotts And Vigoro

We found that Scotts fertilizer produces a much more lush looking, dark green grass that looked great. We also liked the fact that the Scotts Turf Builder had a smaller particle size which we found was absorbed much quicker by the grass producing results in a shorter time.

We did find that as far as killing existing weeds goes, it kills some but others still need to be removed the hard way. However, it is great at preventing new weeds from starting to grow and will save you a lot of weeding time in the long run.

The Vigoro Weed and Feed certainly made our test yard look more lush, but the greens were not as bright or natural looking. Vigoro performed very similar to Scotts on the weed front and is much better for weed preventionr than weed killing.

The particle size of the Vigoro Weed and Feed is quite a fair bit larger, and it does take longer to break down and be absorbed by the grass.

CONCLUSION

vigoro fertilizer

Unfortunately, there is no super clear winner here. If we had to choose one, then it would probably be Scotts Weed and Feed mainly because the results are slightly better, and their customer support is great. To us, this is more important than saving money.

But, if cost is important to you, then by all means go with Vigoro Weed and Feed. It still has great results and if you are an experienced lawn connoisseur then you likely will not need any help from anyone anyway!

Hang on, we arent finished yet!

The final point we want to make is this: Do your research.

Yep, it really is not even hard to do so, go and talk to your local garden supplier. Take in a sample of your grass and ask them what type it is. Ask them what fertilizers are best for it.

Choosing the right lawn fertilizer depends on a number of factors, just some of these are:

  • How much sun/shade your lawn gets
  • The type of grass
  • Your location
  • How is the grass used? e.g. does it get a lot of foot traffic? Is it likely to get scuffed up?
  • Will children or pets be on the grass regularly?
  • How often you mow your lawn and what sort of mower you use.
  • When you are applying it (in winter, use a winterizer)
  • Which other lawn care tools you are using

Where To Buy

Scotts Turf Builder Weed and Feed is sometimes available on Amazon hereYou can also get it directly from Scotts here

Vigoro Weed and Feed is sometimes available from Amazon hereIt is also available from Home Depot here.

Image credits:
Customer support – Designed by Freepik

Pricing last updated on 2018-10-22 at 10:44 / affiliate links - Details

Share this post!

Related posts

6 thoughts on “Scotts Fertilizer vs Vigoro Fertilizer – Which is Best?

  1. Hello,
    I have used both Scotts, and Vigoro weed and feed on my lawn.
    My problem with weeds is not my yard, but my neighbors lawn. A test tube subject for how many weeds can be grown. Airborne weed particles make me diligent. I have had Scotts burn my lawn. Vigoro has never burned my lawn. It is true that Scotts results in a much darker vibrant green, almost Everest green. Vigoro results in a more vibrant green, like a Kelley green. My concern is not is savings, but results. If I am not mistaken Scotts bought Vigoro Company so as to have a monopoly on the market. The larger particles are easier to disperse. Scotts granules are small like sugar, and to me easier to make a mistake by overapplying.
    I looked at the poor reviews, but I have been using Vigoro for over 20 years without incident. My Landscaper now uses Vigoro on his other customer’s lawn due to how my lawn looks after using. I am not sure what type of grass I have. I believe it’s a rye mix. Both full sun, and partial sun.

    • The results you get for each type can depend on numerous factors. Location, grass type, current season + lots more. Scotts did buy Vigoro, but the two products remain distinctly different.

  2. Your math is wrong. 48 cents is 60% more than 30 cents. Or going the other direction, 30 cents is 37.5% cheaper than 48 cents. That’s a big difference from the 28% you cite in your article.

  3. We bought 8 bags of vigoro and went by the instructions I had a 1/2 acres so it is not cheep! The next day I had burn marks all over my lawn and it said that is don’t burn! I want my money back and who do I ask? and who will come fix my lawn?

Leave a Comment


Want an answer to your question quickly? Join our private Facebook Mastermind Group here.

Before you go...
Did you find this article useful?

Don't miss out on anything... Enter your email below and stay up to date with all the latest guides, reviews and tips.
Follow us on social media too to stay 100% up to date
Ryobi Problems?
Stay up to date with the latest solutions

Enter your email below and we will send you the latest fixes as we learn about them.
Pellet Stove Info
Want to be kept up to date on all the pellet stove news?

Subscribe below and we will keep you in the know!
Heating & Cooling Guides
Want to stay cool in summer and warm in winter?
Subscribe below and stay up to date on all the latest info!
Cookware Guides
Interested in cookware and want to stay up to date?
Enter your email and we'll let you know when we have new info to share.
Want Home Improvement Hacks?
Interested in Home Improvement and DIY?

Let us send you all the best info, guides, reviews and tips directly!

Simply enter your email below.
Follow us on social media too to stay 100% up to date
Cleaning Hacks
Sick of cleaning? Us too!

Enter your email below and we will send you tips and tricks to make your cleaning chores easier.
Want Perfect Lawns?
Use our lawncare hacks, guides and tips and you can have the best lawns on the street!

Enter your email and stay in front of the competition!
Get Inspired
Subscribe, and we will send you, for free, our curated list of...
The 10 Best Home Improvement Blogs
Thank you
Please check your email to confirm your email address.

The guide will then be emailed to you.
Learn 16 Ways To Get Rid Of Weeds In Your Lawn