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Pennington

Model 100086566

Internet #202564361

Store SKU #428305

6.25 lb. 1 Step Complete for Dense Shade Areas with Smart Seed, Mulch, Fertilizer

$16.98 /each
  • Pre-mixed grass seed, professional-grade fertilizer and mulch
  • Ideal for shady areas with minimal sun
  • Covers up to 125 sq. ft. with 7-14 day seed germination

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Pennington 1 Step Complete seeding mix makes it easy to grow a beautiful lawn that thrives in shady areas. Everything you need is pre-mixed in one bag - premium Smart Seed grass seed, professional-grade fertilizer, and mulch. Simply apply, water, and watch it grow. Perfect for patching or repairing problem spots in your lawn. This super-absorbent seeding mix holds and maintains moisture around the seed while providing the essential nutrients to help grass grow healthy and strong.

  • Contains a combination of grass seed, mulch, and fertilizer
  • Ideal for new lawn growth and spot repair
  • Contains stabilized-release fertilizer that feeds your lawn for up to 8 weeks
  • Grows grass 80% thicker with half the water of ordinary grass seed at 32 days
  • Superior drought, heat, and disease resistance
  • Save up to 30% more water year after year versus ordinary grass seed
  • Penkoted technology protects the seed from deadly fungus during the early growth period when grass is most susceptible to disease
  • Designed to grow in shady areas with minimal sun
  • Specially formulated to outperform other shade mixes
  • Best for medium to heavy shade (2-4 hours of sun per day)
  • Germinates in 7-14 days
  • Covers up to 125 sq. ft.

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should you or do you have to aerate or til the area first before seeding

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June 30, 2015
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I did use the garden weasel in some areas to loosen the soil, in other spots I just threw it down and it worked fine.
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I'm no expert, but we rake it well to break up the top layer of soil. I do not have a tiller, but that would work I think.
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July 19, 2014
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This will improve you germination and lawn thickness, but is not necessary. It depends how much money you want to spend washing seed away with the rain as well. Aeration is for existing lawns, tilling for brand new. If you are going to go through the agony of tilling, you should spend a couple more bucks and mix in some compost (free except the time to make) or some manure. Both of these will Read More
This will improve you germination and lawn thickness, but is not necessary. It depends how much money you want to spend washing seed away with the rain as well. Aeration is for existing lawns, tilling for brand new. If you are going to go through the agony of tilling, you should spend a couple more bucks and mix in some compost (free except the time to make) or some manure. Both of these will dramatically improve your soils ability to breathe and retain moisture, while also fertilizing chemical free. Read Less
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June 4, 2014
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Hello,
We do recommend you prepare the area you intend to seed by first removing any debris. Then rake the soil to loosen and smooth the top layer. This will give your new seeds a good foundation to germinate in.
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Hi dave,
I'm Travis from The Home Depot. Thanks for visiting our site.
Preparation of the soil is critical in the success of any grass seed. Tilling and aeration will improve any soil's ability to support deeper root growth, which will produce healthier grass.
The planting instructions call for you to rake the soil to scratch up the surface before spreading the seed. Anything you do to make the soil Read More
Hi dave,
I'm Travis from The Home Depot. Thanks for visiting our site.
Preparation of the soil is critical in the success of any grass seed. Tilling and aeration will improve any soil's ability to support deeper root growth, which will produce healthier grass.
The planting instructions call for you to rake the soil to scratch up the surface before spreading the seed. Anything you do to make the soil able to receive the seed will increase your odds for success.
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what time of year is best to start using in central Texas?

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November 21, 2014
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Dear Valued Home Depot Customer, we have reached out to the MFG for more information and their response is below.
"If asking "best" time that would have been about 2 months ago. They could try now though the growing days are limited as seen with the latest cold snap. Grasses will not actively grow when the soil temp is below 65 degree F for warm season grasses & 55 degree F for cool season grasses. The Read More
Dear Valued Home Depot Customer, we have reached out to the MFG for more information and their response is below.
"If asking "best" time that would have been about 2 months ago. They could try now though the growing days are limited as seen with the latest cold snap. Grasses will not actively grow when the soil temp is below 65 degree F for warm season grasses & 55 degree F for cool season grasses. The temps are close to that now.
They could plant now though must understand that the grasses may not perform at their best capabilities. Or they could wait till spring and plant after the last frost for spring of '15. Read Less
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November 12, 2014
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Hello,
The Pennington 1 Step Complete for Dense Shade blends contain several species of fescue grass. This turfgrass will grow best in the Fall but cool season grasses can be planted in the Spring between mid-March and mid-May.
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I put down grass seed in early to mid October (depending on how hot it is). Earlier is too hot. That gives it time to get a little established before freezing weather.
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Growing under tree

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Anyone experienced positive results planting beneath trees where the root system seems to prevent anything from growing?
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October 30, 2015
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Hello,
Tree roots can complicate the establishment of new grass. The seedlings need good soil and nutrients to thrive. The 1 Step Complete does contain all of the seed, fertilizer, and mulch needed to get the grass started. Areas with a lot of tree roots may not provide enough soil for the seedlings to grow.
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October 28, 2015
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Dear Valued Home Depot Customer,
We reached out to MFG for more information and below is their response.
“ Many people have issues growing grass near trees due to their expansive root system, called the allelopathy effect. If grass continues not to grow there with mulch and fertilizer, you might want to try laying a large mulch bed."
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The Home Depot User Generated Content Team
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Whats the benefit in using this 1-step product over just the smart seed product?

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seems like both work but you you get a lot more coverage area with just the smart seed. is this 1-step with mulch necessary?
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July 20, 2015
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Hello,
Pennington 1 Step Complete contains all of the seed, fertilizer, and mulch needed to start your seed growing. Our Smart Seed bags only have the seed in which case a mulch and fertilizer would be recommended but you would need to add them.
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Depends on the application and and what your goals are.
If you are preparing a 'large ~ +300 sq/ft' area for a lawn, probably not.
Once you prep that area, seed, cover with something to retain water, starter fertilizer and water daily.
For 'repairing small areas ~ 10 sq/ft, I'd say yes. Less work. The seeds have a coating that retains water.
Prep the area, remove dead grass, expose good soil, rake the
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Depends on the application and and what your goals are.
If you are preparing a 'large ~ +300 sq/ft' area for a lawn, probably not.
Once you prep that area, seed, cover with something to retain water, starter fertilizer and water daily.
For 'repairing small areas ~ 10 sq/ft, I'd say yes. Less work. The seeds have a coating that retains water.
Prep the area, remove dead grass, expose good soil, rake the stuff in and water when it gets dry.
I also put a 1/8" layer of topsoil over it...Lets me visually see when to water and when it sprouts.
Don't know where you live, but the hottest part of Summer is not a good time to start a lawn.
Fall and Spring are better because you don't have to water as much / often.
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Customer Reviews

Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 53 reviewers.
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Not Happy with This Purchase Ridiculous price but for the small area I had to cover, I thought I could splurge a little & maybe get a better result. The bag said it would cover 750 sq ft... yeah, I don't think so! :( My front yard looks like somebody's bald head that failed minoxidil!; a few anemic tufts of grass within much larger bald patches. I did prep before planting & have been watering 2x/day except when we get good rain. I have no idea what the "mulch" & fertilizer included in the bag accomplished but, I am NOT impressed. In fact, those items made it harder to see if the seed was well distributed. It's been about 4 weeks... really hope it gets better. To be fair, it is a shade mix and the trees are just finishing leafing out in this area but, most of that part of the yard is shaded by evergreens anyway. The product does come with some kind of guarantee which I will probably be exploring. I will try to remember to re-post if things even out & improve. May 6, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Love it! I have struggled with an area of my lawn that would not grow grass because of the shade. What was once just dirt, now soft grass grows. It is a different grass and different texture than other areas but it still looks great. No more dirt! April 9, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good growth rate I purchased 3 bags in April when it was on sale at half price. Like it says, after 7-10 days, grass started growing. I used it on some slope, baren spot between sods, and areas where used to have sods. First I dumped top soil and spread into very thin layer, then spread the seeds on them . Easy than laying sods, saving a lot of work. But it needs to cover all the area to get high growth rate, until the ground looks all blue, and a bag can only cover 6-6 ft . The blue stuff seems sticking to where it was, didn't get washed away by rain. Very good for shade area behind house, where it only has 1 -2 hours of sun. May 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Worked like a charm Grew very quickly, within a week. Nice dense mix and have mowed it twice so far. Found the 25lb bag on sale when I had to go back for more. Much better value than the 6.25lb bag. October 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good spot seed. We had several spots in our back yard that needed to be reseeded due to items left on the lawn after planter pots were moved to other spots in the yard. The grass came up quickly and has blended in with the rest of the lawn. September 1, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AWESOME The best grass seed ever!! Grew in quickly...lush and green September 1, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Works better then competition! Tried scotts brand and didn't have much luck, had to apply several times to achieve same results. I love the pennington product, it works well without tons of effort. Last spring we had to reseed the entire backyard ( 3/4 acre) after a new septic field was put in. We tried just plain seed but if we didn't rake it in and cover with soil the birds just ate it and it seemed like we couldn't keep it wet enough.... Then we tried the scotts brand patch with mulch and fertilizer and had to apply it several times, keep it watered and it still came in spotty. Then I applied the pennington and by then I was sort of over the high maintenance and was ready to let the dandelions take over..... but went out to water after about a week of total neglect and to my amazement there were tons of sprouts everywhere! it came up fast and lasted. we now have a full think lawn and I'm very happy, until I have to cut it with the push mower.... time to rethink that purchase. June 30, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by So Far So Good Used this in several areas as a test, I started with 5 bags, and so far it's worked good in all the areas. It does require watering every day as the instructions suggest. I also spent a bundle on trimming the two huge trees that were causing all the shade in the area. Ironically, my neighbor hired a guy to spread the same product next door and it's amazing how much difference there is between mine that gets regular watering and his. He stopped watering after the first 10 days and most of his grass is now dead or dying. Keep up the watering once you get it growing. We just now went into a drought period and I'll be a big fan if thes fescue survives the heat. June 30, 2013
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