Vigoro vs Scotts: Weed and Feed Fertilizer Showdown!

Fertilizer and lawn care products is a billion 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 [1,2].

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 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.