Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200)

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  • Sub Brand: Turf Builder
  • Product Type: Starter Lawn Food
  • Coverage Area: 5000 sq. ft.
  • Product State: Granules
  • Fertilizer Analysis: 21-22-4
  • Condition of Lawn: Established
  • Longevity: 6 week
  • Suitable for Vegetables: No
  • Water Soluble: No


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Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200)
 
3.3

(based on 48 reviews)

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60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (31)
  • Effective (25)
  • Good directions (15)
  • Quality (15)
  • Value (7)

Cons

  • Didn't work as expected (18)
  • Problem with label (3)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Spring overseed for cool weather grass

If you're forced to overseed in the spring instead of the fall with cool-weather grass you can't use standard pendamethalin-based pre-emergents as they will keep the seed from growing. The turpersan pre-emergent in this...Read complete review

If you're forced to overseed in the spring instead of the fall with cool-weather grass you can't use standard pendamethalin-based pre-emergents as they will keep the seed from growing. The turpersan pre-emergent in this starter selectively hits the crabgrass and allows the grass to germinate. It's difficult to find plain turpesan anywhere but this product is usually stocked at Lowe's and some Ace Hardware stores. Just make sure you get it down before the average soil temperatures hit 55F for three days. The NOAA website should give you a pretty good idea for your area or just look for the forsythia to start blooming. One other note: this only works on crabgrass so other annual weeds might still come up. In that case, you'll need the 2,4D and dicamba herbicides after three mowings.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Turns existing grass white and new grass pink.

This starter food turns some of the existing grass white. I did see the label but did not expect the white grass to be so prevalent. It has been 14 days and I hope...Read complete review

This starter food turns some of the existing grass white. I did see the label but did not expect the white grass to be so prevalent. It has been 14 days and I hope it soon will go back to green as promised on the packaging. So if you know exactly what grasses you have on your lawn and it is not one of the many grasses listed on the packaging as ones that turn white - then you can use it. But the weirdest thing is that new grass grows up pink. My little girls love the pink grass but I am not impressed. I don't hate Scotts and will still use their Starter food WITHOUT weed preventer. But this product is not practical for average homeowner.

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5.0

Green grass while bad stuff turned white

By BKComo

from Columbia, MO, USA

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Effective
  • Good Directions

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

      I overseeded a bit earlier than usual (Aug 27) to capitalize on planned rain in September in Missouri. Wow. The yard is green and the seedlings are going strong. I mowed for the first time (Sept. 17) after the rains and the yard is super. Here's the best part...I've been fighting an evil grass that I think is nutsedge? It is all white and hurting bad so I'm about to go tell some of my neighbors to try this. (See the attached photo.) We all agree this evil grass has really boomed around here this year. On a user's note, the product clumped a bit, but that's hard to determine if there was a high level of moisture (humid Missouri), and I used less product than I had anticipated with my Scotts drop spreader.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Tstorm

      By Tstorm

      from Detroit, MI, USA

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Effective
      • Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

          I used this product to overseed my bluegrass/ryegrass lawn. Mixed with some compost and saw new seed germination within 5 days. People complain about having white lawns.. The only thing that turned white on my lawn was weeds and crab grass. My existing lawn is greener than ever. The new weeds pop up turn white and die off. The package does say not to use with zoysia lawns. A little reading goes along ways!

           
          4.0

          Positive results on newly grown lawn

          By WFL60

          from South of Boston, MA

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Effective
          • Value

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

              I read the reviews on this page before I used the product. I was a bit skeptical about using it based on the inconsistent results that others had reported. So far my results have been positive and the product is working as advertised. Key details: * I live very near the coast, 15 miles south of Boston * We spread loam and seeded 3 large sections on 20-June * Section 1 gets 8 hours of sun, sec 2 - 4 hrs, sec 3 - 2 hrs * We watered 3-4 times/day by hand, using garden hose * Sprouts appeared after 5-6 days * All sections consistent growth with no weeds * First cut at 3 weeks, coincided with appearance of weeds all over sec 1. Still puzzled by this sudden appearance. * Purchased and spread this product over entire yard, old and new grass. Continued to water new grass multiple times/day. * New grass responded positively, having a growth spurt--the existing grass does not appear to have same growth spurt, but we are not watering the existing and there has been zero rain for a month. * Crabgrass is dying off on new and old grass, but only in those areas that are getting water Still some other weird mix of weeds, but no negative effects have been seen. So far so good. I would use this product again.

               
              4.0

              Works...

              By Vlad

              from Andover, MA, USA

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Directions

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                  I used this fertilizer to seed the lawn in Massachusetts. I seeded in the beginning of June since did not have a chance to do it in Spring/Fall. I did not see any weeds for the first two weeks, but also the grass germinated/grew slower comparing to another lawn where I used plane Scotts Starter. After two weeks I started to see purslane and other weeds. I have to acknowledge that the lawn where I used plane Starter is full of purslane and the invasion started at the same time I saw the first grass. Summary: it is not perfect, but it works. I would recommend it for small areas where weeds can be removed manually and don't recommend for large areas. It is less expensive than Lebanon Tupersan, and I don't know other products which allow to seed and control for weeds at the same time.

                   
                  5.0

                  This worked great for me - for newly seeded areas and existing grass

                  By ClassOf70

                  from Boston area

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Effective
                  • Good Directions
                  • Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                      I was reseeding large bare spots with Scotts sun and shade seed. Hardware store recommended this product so I tried it. The temps were in the 40s and 50s most of the first 2 weeks, so it took over 2 weeks for the new seed to sprout. But now the new and old grass is rich and dark, and I've got no weeds. It worked so well I'm going to do more over seeding and use more of it.

                       
                      4.0

                      Works Great

                      By KAF14

                      from Southern NJ

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Effective
                      • Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                          I used the TB Starter along with Rebels Fescue grass seed last October and seen results within 7- 10 days. I was so impressed with the results I put it down again about 10 days along with some top soil and the sprouts are coming up. Great product.

                           
                          5.0

                          What a Difference

                          By ChrisP

                          from Undisclosed

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Effective

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                              I never leave reviews but this product made my life so easy. I over-seeded my lawn with Sun and Shade mix and this did all the work. It fed my new little seedling and kept the weeds away. This allowed my grass to grow without battling for space against weed germination. This should be the first thing that you try when planting new grass.

                               
                              5.0

                              The Best!!

                              By Joeslawn

                              from Sayreville nj

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Effective
                              • Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                  This turned my lawn into something the neighbors talk about! A thick green lawn with no weeds, and I can still plant seed. Any discoloration doesn't last. And it looks great..

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  This is a Fantastic product !!!!!

                                  By Johnsyard

                                  from Kansas City, MO, USA

                                  Pros

                                  • easy to use
                                  • Effective
                                  • Good directions
                                  • quality

                                  Cons

                                  • Over priced

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                    I have this fertilizer, weed preventive product years when reseeding fescue lawn. Have had Super results...my lawn is picture perfect with very little care or maintenance. I am a sales associate at a garden/nursery, also a Master Gardener in training. I highly recommend this product to family friends and customers.

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    This product should be the first product marketed by Scott's

                                    By Scott101

                                    from Columbus, Ohio

                                    Pros

                                    • easy to use
                                    • Good directions

                                    Cons

                                    • not fully assessed for effectiveness

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                      I have struggled over the years to get new grass to grow because weeds grow quicker and take over before grass fully develops. I know that seeding in the fall is best but many times that isn't possible. Weed control is important but until this product came out, you couldn't weed and feed new grass seed because the herbicide prevented the seed from germinating. I must admit that I probably need to monitoring the effectiveness of this product before I can fully recommend it. The question is, does the product that prevents weeds from growing inhibit a percent of the seed from germinating and young growth from fully developing?

                                      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      great for new seeding and weed control

                                      By al46

                                      from Joliet, IL, USA

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Effective
                                      • Good Directions
                                      • Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                          used when i first bought my home. lawn was mainly weeds. I seeded lawn and used this product. lawn came back great.

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Does what its suppose to do.. Pleased except..

                                          By Lawnnut1

                                          from Connecticut

                                          Pros

                                          • Effective
                                          • Quality

                                          Cons

                                          • Problem with label

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                            A necessary but expensive product. Preventing crabgrass when seeding makes your new lawn look so much nicer than waiting to kill the crabgrass 4 weeks later. My only complaint is not that some existing grass will turn white for a short while ( it does go away soon so don't let that bother you), but that the notice is in VERY small print. Since the whiteness surprises and upset some people make the notice larger and plain to see. Add the emphasis that it goes away too. It's a very good product but priced too high, especially if you have a large area to do..15 to 20k square feet.

                                             
                                            4.0

                                            It will turn your grass pink, temporailly because that is how it works.

                                            By LawnCareNovice

                                            from Westchester County, NY, USA

                                            Pros

                                            • Effective

                                            Cons

                                            • requires patience.

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                              I recently started a lawn from scratch. My lawn was heavily weed infested (the previous owner had stopped all lawn maintenance) and I decided I needed to start over. I used this product and became very concerned when my lawn started to turn pink and white after 5-10 days. I read these reviews and got even more worried. However, this was simply the fast growing onion grass and other weeds being killed by the weed killer component (which is why I bought a starter fertilizer with weed killer). After one month, and constant watering, the white and pink is all gone and the lawn has filled in nicely. I did have to do some small amount of weeding but nothing compared to what I would have had to do without the product. Plus the fact the remaining weeds were white made them very easy to spot and remove. I don't know if this product works as well for over-seeding. I notice that is where most of the complaints are, but for seeding a new lawn I was satisfied with my choice, albeit after a brief panic.

                                               
                                              2.0

                                              Disappointed with PINK Grass

                                              By DeeDee88

                                              from PA

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy to use

                                              Cons

                                              • Didn't work as expected

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                                My newly planted seed just started sprouting today. Much to my surprise, I have a mix of pink and green grass. Never in my life have I seen pink grass. This is the 3rd time I used Scotts Turf Builder Starter and the only time that I had this problem. My husband and I worked very hard on this large area of our backyard only to be disappointed with the outcome.

                                                 
                                                5.0

                                                Greenest lawn in the neighborhood

                                                By KayNJ

                                                from Clifton, NJ, USA

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy to use
                                                • Effective
                                                • Quality

                                                Cons

                                                • have to mow more often

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                                  I love Scott's Starter Food with Weed Preventer! I bought it to feed my lawn when I rototilled and re-seeded it, but have been using it every 6 weeks since. Now I've got the greenest, most lush lawn in the neighborhood - looks way better than the neighbors using a lawn service. The only down side is having to cut the grass more often!

                                                   
                                                  5.0

                                                  I don't use anything else on my lawn.

                                                  By Jones40

                                                  from North Carolina, USA

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy to use
                                                  • Effective
                                                  • Good directions
                                                  • greens up lawn fast
                                                  • Quality
                                                  • value

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                                      I have used this product for many years now. I use it year round! I would not use anything else on my lawn. Just the right amount (As directed on the bag does the, every time!

                                                       
                                                      1.0

                                                      Killed my grass

                                                      By rtay

                                                      from Undisclosed

                                                      Pros

                                                        Cons

                                                        • Didn't work as expected

                                                        Best Uses

                                                          Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                                          I used Scotts Starter Food and within a few weeks I started to notice a good part of the lawn turning yellow. In looking at reviews this seems to be a common problem. I was told that this shouldn't be a problem and this discoloration would go away but within a few weeks all of the grass that was yellow (the majority of my yard) has died. I have always been happy with Scotts products but I will not be purchasing this again.

                                                           
                                                          2.0

                                                          Coverage is not as advertised

                                                          By Drwells4

                                                          from Montana, USA

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Easy to use

                                                          Cons

                                                          • Didn't work as expected
                                                          • Problem with label

                                                          Best Uses

                                                            Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                                            Put this product in my scotts drop spreader set to 7 as advertised didn't even come close to 5000 Sq ft. Maybe 1000 Sq ft. If I'm lucky, now I get to wait for white or stained grass. I've had good luck with scotts products in the past but this one has been mediocre at best. My advice, get a soil sample and take it to your local extension agent for testing. A pH of 7-9 is good for lawn growth. Good luck growing your grass! ;-)

                                                             
                                                            5.0

                                                            Greener lawn. Very pleased

                                                            By NiceLines

                                                            from MA

                                                            Pros

                                                            • Effective

                                                            Cons

                                                            • not much to complain about

                                                            Best Uses

                                                              Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                                              Very happy with results. I have a newly hydroseeded lawn in fall last year in MA. Crabgrass was winning the race over my grass. Applied this product to dry lawn and followed instructions on bag 2nd week in June. 2 weeks later, new crabgrass and other weeds that grew popped up whitish color. This made easy to handpick in smaller areas and the rest would pop out when I mowed the lawn. Application and results pretty straight forward. Can't wait to apply more Scott's products in late August.

                                                               
                                                              5.0

                                                              New Grass

                                                              By Salsa

                                                              from Albany, NY, USA

                                                              Pros

                                                              • easy to use
                                                              • Effective
                                                              • Good directions
                                                              • Quality
                                                              • value

                                                              Cons

                                                                Best Uses

                                                                  Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                                                  I had recently dug up my whole front yard because it had been destroyed by Grubs one year and then neglect. The year before it had become all crabgrass and dandelions. I put down some Scotts Top soil, Seed, racked it in and applied This fertilizer. My new grass is now Weed free, Super Green and growing well. I did this in Albany NY during the worst drought since Abraham Lincoln was running for president in the 1800's. I feel much of my success can be attributed to Scotts products and following the directions. So many negative comments that I have to believe it is human error. If done correctly and you get my results you will be a very very happy camper!

                                                                   
                                                                  1.0

                                                                  Horrible experience

                                                                  By Mike2719

                                                                  from Lynn, MA, USA

                                                                  Pros

                                                                  • quality

                                                                  Cons

                                                                  • Didn't work as expected

                                                                  Best Uses

                                                                    Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                                                    Perhaps the worst lawn decision I ever made. This is a product that when used as directed stains sections of your lawn for weeks. I only used this as I over seeded my lawn. I would have been better off skipping the seeding. I'm still hoping to grow the stains out and get my lawn back. Now I've lost several weeks of enjoyment. Thanks Scott's I noticed Scott's has a non straining version out seems they knew all along. BYER BEWARE!!!!!! Money back is meaningless. Can't get back my lost weeks enjoying what was a decent lawn.

                                                                     
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    first time I used on advise from local lawn and garden

                                                                    By 1blt1

                                                                    from little falls , nj

                                                                    Pros

                                                                    • easy to use
                                                                    • Effective
                                                                    • Good directions
                                                                    • Good product

                                                                    Cons

                                                                      Best Uses

                                                                        Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                                                        as I said 1st time used. and my lawn was a mess. yes you get few white blades of grass. ( I think it states it on the bag. ) I used the Scotts sun/shade lawn seed and my wife said the lawn looks like it did 17 yrs ago when we bought house. ( a compliment ) would use again.

                                                                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                                         
                                                                        1.0

                                                                        not worth extra expense

                                                                        By LRGS

                                                                        from Swartz Creek, MI, USA

                                                                        Pros

                                                                        • Easy to use

                                                                        Cons

                                                                        • Didn't work as expected

                                                                        Best Uses

                                                                          Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                                                          Used this product with new seeding and not impressed. Lots of weeds with new grass.

                                                                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                                           
                                                                          1.0

                                                                          Disappointed

                                                                          By DVal

                                                                          from Bettendorf, IA, USA

                                                                          Pros

                                                                          • easy to use

                                                                          Cons

                                                                          • didn't kill the weeds as expected
                                                                          • Didn't work as expected
                                                                          • turned areas of lawn white

                                                                          Best Uses

                                                                            Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                                                            I used this product about 2-2.5 weeks ago. I recently noticed several areas of "white" grass on the lawn. I have never seen anything like it. I googled what might cause this, and came upon others with the same problem. There are also still plenty of weeds in the lawn. I have a few areas where the grass is starting to grow, but it may be because I covered the seed in those areas with compost. I am very disappointed. If I was OK with lousy results, I would have saved money and bought a house brand.

                                                                             
                                                                            1.0

                                                                            Going on 4 weeks of yellow/white grass!

                                                                            By Carter1024

                                                                            from Grand Island, NY, USA

                                                                            Pros

                                                                            • easy to use

                                                                            Cons

                                                                            • Didn't work as expected
                                                                            • made the lawn ugly

                                                                            Best Uses

                                                                              Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                                                              I spent so much time and money airating overseeing and applying this product as the directions stated. Barely got the sprouts I was expecting and have patches of yellow and white grass everywhere. It's been 4 weeks and I feel like I wasted a prime growing season. Still have dandelions and creeping Charlie everywhere. Very disappointed!

                                                                               
                                                                              1.0

                                                                              Turns Grass White DO NOT USE

                                                                              By Vic24

                                                                              from Reading, MA, USA

                                                                              Pros

                                                                                Cons

                                                                                • Didn't work as expected

                                                                                Best Uses

                                                                                  Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                                                                  Bought this product to help my lawn after putting down new seed 3 weeks earlier. A few days later my lawn is turning white and looking horrible. Not what I expected. Will never use a Scott's product again.

                                                                                   
                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                  This product yellowed my lawn in many places.

                                                                                  By Nate84

                                                                                  from Danvers, MA, USA

                                                                                  Pros

                                                                                  • not applicable

                                                                                  Cons

                                                                                  • Didn't work as expected

                                                                                  Best Uses

                                                                                    Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                                                                    This product yellowed my lawn in many places. All of the botching is immediately next to deep green patches of grass with yellow and white bladed patches have peppered deep green blades woven in. There is not burn lines like over application would cause. My front yard is humiliating.

                                                                                     
                                                                                    1.0

                                                                                    Turns Grass white

                                                                                    By PT1987

                                                                                    from Boston, MA, USA

                                                                                    Pros

                                                                                      Cons

                                                                                      • Didn't work as expected
                                                                                      • turned grass white/bright green

                                                                                      Best Uses

                                                                                        Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                                                                        This product turned grass white/bright yellow. Appears to me that it may have killed some of the healthy grass. DO NOT PURCHASE

                                                                                         
                                                                                        1.0

                                                                                        Turns existing grass white and new grass pink.

                                                                                        By Serg

                                                                                        from Everett, WA, USA

                                                                                        Pros

                                                                                        • you will be the only one with pink grass.

                                                                                        Cons

                                                                                        • Didn't work as expected

                                                                                        Best Uses

                                                                                          Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                                                                          This starter food turns some of the existing grass white. I did see the label but did not expect the white grass to be so prevalent. It has been 14 days and I hope it soon will go back to green as promised on the packaging. So if you know exactly what grasses you have on your lawn and it is not one of the many grasses listed on the packaging as ones that turn white - then you can use it. But the weirdest thing is that new grass grows up pink. My little girls love the pink grass but I am not impressed. I don't hate Scotts and will still use their Starter food WITHOUT weed preventer. But this product is not practical for average homeowner.

                                                                                           
                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          It's the best since sliced bread!

                                                                                          By Manse

                                                                                          from Knoxville,Tn

                                                                                          Pros

                                                                                          • easy to use
                                                                                          • Effective
                                                                                          • Good directions
                                                                                          • quality
                                                                                          • value

                                                                                          Cons

                                                                                            Best Uses

                                                                                              Comments about Scotts 5000 sq. ft. 5M Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer (23200):

                                                                                              Scotts Starter food for new grass with weed preventer is the best idea for any who are starting a new lawn or just over seeding. I over seed every Fall and Early Spring and in the past I had to use starter food only and usually ended up with some weeds that I could not control since most weed preventers will stunt the grass growth. This year for the first time I used this new product(in March) and already I have a very thick lawn and NOT A SINGLE WEED!!

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