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Is Vigoro Fertilizer As Good As Scotts?

Fertilizer and lawn care products is a multimillion dollar industry.

There are several reputable companies producing products specifically designed to help maintain and beautify lawns and recreational areas.

Two of the most common products are Vigoro and Scotts.

Both are well known and have a reputation for being consistent in the results they produce.  Each fertilizer has strengths and weaknesses - let's take a quick look at the each one.

Cost to Use

When it comes to choosing the right fertilizer, cost is extremely important.

Considering the fact that most homeowners apply fertilizer two, three and sometimes, four times per year, the cost can be quite expensive.

For homeowners with large lawns, buying expensive fertilizer may not be cost effective.  In that case, choosing a fertilizer that has a good reputation and is cost effective as well, is a win win situation. Vigoro fertilizer is generally less expensive than Scotts which makes it more cost efficient on large lawns.

Vigoro Super Green increases grass growth in a limited amount of space maximizing its cost benefit.

Advantage Vigoro

Ease of Use

Both Scotts fertilizer and Vigoro work in much the same way and are applied in the same way as well.  Both offer granular and liquid products.

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Customer Service

Both Scotts and Vigoro have customer quality service departments.

The main difference is that Scotts handles all of its own customer service issues. Vigoro, on the other hand, does not have its own system for answering complaints or receiving feedback.

Instead, their phone calls are sent directly to the Home Depot main office where all of the questions can be answered by professional staff.

Scotts offers a money back guarantee to individuals who call in to ask about products and what their advantages are.

Advantage Scotts

Reviews

Among Home Depot customers only 50% gave Vigoro fertilizer a positive rating.

Scotts, however, earned close to an 80 percent positive rating.

For the most part, both types of product work extremely well. Customers who have tried both types of fertilizer claim that the Scotts brand products produced greener, thicker grass in a shorter period of time than the Vigoro brand.

To me this is a toss-up.  In my opinion, both work equally as well.  Effectiveness really comes down to how well the product is applied.

Suggestions

Before buying your next bag of seed or fertilizer, consider a few things:

  • How much of the lawn is covered by shade
  • How much time is the yard in direct sunlight
  • How much foot traffic will the lawn have to withstand on a regular basis
  • Will pets be allowed to run and play on the grass, and if so, for how long each day

When each of these points have been looked into, a wise, cost effective decision can be made.

Buying an expensive fertilizer will do no good if the conditions are not right for its use. Knowing the lawn and what a fertilizer is capable of is imperative if the products are expected to achieve maximum results.

The choice between Vigoro fertilizer and similar Scotts brand products is a personal one. Both are adequately suited to serve their intended purpose. Both are also highly reputable and have supporters that will continue to use them because of the results they have achieved in the past. Again, this is mainly dependent on the environmental factors such as soil type, amount of shade, climate and level of rain received during each growing season.

The main difference appears in the price of the products with the Scotts brand fertilizer costing significantly more than its Vigoro counterpart. Homeowners who choose to do their homework can find the right product to fit their needs and still save a little money in the process.

About the author

    Matt Hagens

    Hi, I'm Matt the owner of Yard Care Gurus. I love to be outside working on my lawn, planning my next project. I created this website to help people like you find the best products for yard care and great advice. Thanks for stopping by!

    21comments
    Dennis Graham - February 23, 2015

    In the Reviews paragraph, it appears that you are stating there is no annual seed in Scott’s fertilizer, while there is annual seed in Vigoro fertilizer. I’ve used both and never noticed any seed in either product. Perhaps you can clarify?

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    Ann Abbitz - April 7, 2015

    I have always used Scotts fertilizer and seed. However, I honestly feel that – just as you said above – one product can probably be just as effective as the other as long as you do the proper work before hand to ensure that you’re giving the seed or fertilizer the right head start. Preparing the land, and taking conditions into account should be a priority no matter if you choose Scotts or Vigoro fertilizer.

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    James Photis - April 16, 2017

    It took me FORTY years to realize that Vigoro is far superior to any Scotts product! Why? Scott’s fertilizer contains agents that suppress clover growth. In the absence of clover, the horrible grubs take over and destroy your beautiful lawn for years to come unless you buy another Scott’s product, Grubex. Grubs are not a problem in the presence of clover because the intermixing of grassroots and clover roots is inedible to grubs.

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    Greg - April 29, 2017

    I have had the greenest lawn on the block for 27+ years now. I have used Scotts maybe six times, and found it does work fairly quick. It also seems to wear off after 3 weeks or less if you get a lot of rain making frequent re applications a necessity . Had very good results from CIL for years, although the last few years it was kind of reminding me of Scotts. This year I am going with Vigoro , and will supplement a bit of Vigoro deep green as well. See how it goes, my friend owns a landscape company and says he’s had excellent results.

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    Janet Paine - May 15, 2017

    Which has the most volumn 1 cu ft or 32 dry quarts?

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      Vincent - August 1, 2017

      1 cubic foot is 28.32 liters, which is about 30 quarts. (1 liter is .95 quarts). So it would be letting than 32 quarts, but not much less. Hope this isn’t to late to be of help….

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      Vincent - August 1, 2017

      Forget what I just said, I’m an idiot. Dry quarts are only 86% of the volume of a ‘quart’, so the qubic foot is more volume. Over 20% more volume believe it or not. But check my math, remember, I’m an idiot. (:

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    Bob - October 15, 2017

    I have used Scotts Turbuilder Plus 2 for nearly 40 years and it was great. The new formula does a horrible job with weed control. I was able to find a left over bag of Plus 2 at a local hardware store, applied it and my lawn looks great. I really need to find a new product.

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    Bob - October 17, 2017

    I tried Vigoro weed and feed for the first time this year and have had excellent results.
    Scott’s is overpriced, in my opinion.

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    Maxon - March 16, 2018

    Get your seed from a landscape wholesale…(like Simplot)
    The others are way overpriced!
    When it comes to fertilizers- I’ve had way better results with Vigoro.
    In the maritime NW -Scott’s doesn’t work well.

    At the right times throughout the season ,
    Vigoro,(Vigoro weed&feed),Iron,lime and grub killer. (Not all applied at the same time)
    Work the best for a great looking lawn… imo

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      Mark Kelly - March 19, 2018

      Thanks for the comment Maxon. I have found for some seed it’s cheaper to buy through a wholesaler, but for most consumers that don’t need more than an acre’s worth, Amazon and other retailers are cheapest.

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    Dave - March 20, 2018

    What do you recommend for Crab Grass killer and grass grower all in one product?

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      Mark Kelly - March 21, 2018

      I’m not a big fan of weed and feeds (synthetics)…but I’d go with Scotts probably.

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    fred - April 21, 2018

    What do you recommend to kill creeping Charlie?

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      Mark Kelly - April 23, 2018

      That’s always been a tough one for me to kill. I’d probably go with this https://amzn.to/2HmIrsC

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      Ruchir - April 30, 2018

      Creeping Charlie has taken over my yard since last two years…I did my research online and found a promising treatment for this..I am going to try this soon. Will update.

      Here is the link to a youtube video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQcqr0pi-yc&list=PLxSqBMwAsJbRldmVwY38kw1WPv3i26nf7&index=44&t=0s

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        Mark Kelly - May 1, 2018

        Al knows his stuff for sure – give it a shot and report back!

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    dave cassel - May 28, 2018

    I have used scotts for years and paid a premium for it. the last couple of years I have switched to vigaro, and my lawn is every bit as nice ,maybe nicer. the dandelion have totally disappeared as has the crabgrass,and overall its greener.the price difference was about twenty dollars and that s not peanutsf

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      Mark Kelly - May 29, 2018

      Good to hear Dave!

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    Ken - September 8, 2018

    I used Vigoro weed and feed this year and followed directions explicitly. I actually set my rotary spreader for a smaller setting than recommended as we were having a very hot summer. My lawn was totally burnt out ( except for the weeds, they’re doing fine). So disgusted!

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      Mark Kelly - September 10, 2018

      When did you put it down? Have you been watering? Weed and feed shouldn’t burn the lawn unless its put down at the wrong time of year or too heavy.

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