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How to use Scotts Turf Builder Triple Action Southern & Ultrafeed

We’re getting our new yard ready to play on this summer and that includes improving our grass. We used Scotts Turf Builder Triple Action Southern and Ultrafeed to get a greener, nicer looking lawn for fun in the sun!

Thank you to Home Depot and Scotts for sponsoring this post. All opinions are our own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Charleston Crafted possible.

One of the trickiest parts of our house hunt was finding a home in our dream neighborhood with a decent yard.

We really lucked out with this house – the yard is small (0.15 acres, so really small) but it backs up to a “common area” of grass, then a pond, and woods on the other side of the pond.

Plus, this yard is square and open, so it actually feels way bigger than our old yard.

We love the seclusion and outdoorsy feel in our new backyard.

However, the actual yard needs some work.

You might remember that before we moved in, there were renters living here.

No hate on renters, and they definitely didn’t let the yard go to dirt like the renters in our old house did, but it is definitely the least-landscaped yard on our strip of neighboring houses.

One of our big goals this summer is to get the yard looking great.

The first step to get your yard looking green every spring should be to apply fertilizer.

We decided to apply Scotts Triple Action Southern in early spring and follow it up with Ultrafeed eight weeks later.

Triple Action & Ultrafeed is the simple, two bag solution that makes it easy to achieve your ultimate lawn goals.

How to use Scotts Turf Builder Triple Action Southern & Ultrafeed

Scotts Triple Action Southern

Scotts Triple Action Southern is available at the Home Depot. The Southern blend is designed to work with St.Augustine (including Floratam), Carpetgrass, Centipede, and Zoysiagrass. 

If you have Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, Tall Fescue, Fine Fescue, Bermudagrass, Bahiagrass, Centipedegrass, or Zoyiagrass, Scotts® Turf Builder® Triple Action will be the best choice for those grass types.

This fertilizer is easy to apply and works quickly to kill weeds and nourish your grass to help it thrive.


Ultrafeed is a second, separate product that should always be used in conjunction with Triple Action.

Eight weeks after applying the Triple Action, apply Ultrafeed.

Ultrafeed works as a boost to slowly feed your lawn the nutrients it needs over time.

Both of these products are granules that are best to spread with a rolling spreader. Scotts has a rolling spreader and each bag comes with the number to set your spreader at for best results.

All you need is two bags, two applications for a weed-free, well fed, stronger and greener lawn all season.

How to use Scott’s Triple Action Southern & Ultrafeed

If you want a greener lawn, these Scotts Turf Builder instructions should help you get there this spring.

Supplies needed:

Tools needed:

  • Rolling spreader (a hand spreader is not recommended for this product)
  • Gardening gloves

Steps to use:

STEP 1: Fill and set spreader

Fill and set spreader

Pour a sizable amount of Scotts Turf Builder Triple Action Southern into your spreader.

Follow the directions on the bag for Scotts products, including this one, for the spreader number.

The spreader number for Scotts Turf Builder Triple Action Southern is 4 1/2.

STEP 2: Apply to a dry lawn

Apply to a dry lawn

Begin pushing the spreader and pulling the handle to activate it. Scotts Turf Builder Triple Action Southern will begin to release.

Walk at a normal pace across your lawn. When you get to the other side, move about five feet over and cross back in the other direction.

Repeat until your entire lawn has been covered.

Don’t over fertilize by spreading more than you think you need. Their bags are proportioned and work for a specific amount of material for walking and spreading at the recommended pace.

STEP 3: Water immediately

It’s important to water in the Scotts Turf Builder Triple Action Southern as soon as you’ve laid it.

Use a sprinkler to water in the fertilizer, but don’t over water so that it runs away or pools. Just make sure to give it a nice water so that the ground becomes saturated and the fertilizer sets in.

STEP 4: Repeat for Ultrafeed

Repeat steps 1-3 when applying Scotts Ultrafeed 8 weeks later.

Apply ultrafeed to a dry lawn


It is important that you get the timing right when using Scotts Turf Builder Triple Action and Ultrafeed.

These two products have been formulated to work with each other for the proper results for your lawn.

Always use the Scott’s Ultrafeed after using Scotts Turf Builder Triple Action.

When should I put down Scotts triple action?

The best time of year to put down Scotts Triple Action is early spring. You want to start seeing new green growth on your grass.

If the grass is all brown, it is most likely still dormant. Wait for the green to start to appear to apply. Otherwise, you won’t see positive results.

We started to see the first touches of green coming in on our grass and then applied the Triple Action Southern that weekend.

scotts ultrafeed and turf builder bags

When should I put down the Ultrafeed?

Apply Scotts Ultrafeed 8 weeks after the Triple Action Southern/Northern application.

Additionally, you can continue to apply it for extended feeding for a green lawn all season.

How long does it take for Scotts Turf Builder Triple Action to work?

You should expect to see results from Scotts Turf Builder Triple Action in about two weeks.

Full results will continue to be seen over time and will be boosted and drawn out by using Ultrafeed.

How often should I use it?

You should not use Triple Action more than twice a year. You should apply it in early spring and can additionally apply it in early fall if needed.

Check your state’s regulations on nitrogen. If you live in a state that regulates nitrogen applications, apply only once in the spring or summer.

fertilizer spreader settings

Things to keep in mind

Is it pet and kid safe?

People and pets may enter the treated area after product is watered in and the area is completely dry.

What types of grass does Scotts work on?

Turf Builder® Southern Triple Action is for use on St. Augustine (including Floratam), Carpetgrass, Centipede, and Zoysiagrass.

What types of weeds does this kill?

Scotts Triple Action kills weeds, including dollarweed, clover, oxalis, plantain, chickweed and henbit.

Scotts Triple Action also kills fire ants that are prevalent here in the south this time of year.

spreading fertilizer with a rolling spreader

What type of bugs does this kill?

Triple Action Southern can help to kill ants, army worms, bill bugs, black turf grass Ataenius, chiggers, chinch bugs, crickets, cutworms, earwigs, European crane fly larvae, fire ants, fleas, grasshoppers, leafhoppers, mealybugs, millipedes, mole crickets, sod webworms, spiders, ticks, and weevils.

Runoff Concerns

When spreading the products, you might get some granules on the sidewalk, driveway, or a patio.

Use a broom or blower to push it back into the grass and water it in place.

This can help to prevent fertilizer from getting into waterways near you.

Video Demonstration

Be sure to watch our video to see exactly how we applied the Scott’s Triple Action South & Ultrafeed!

How to use Scotts Turf Builder Triple Action Southern & Ultrafeed youtube thumbnail blog

Let us know if you have any questions!

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