Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 51
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by GotNoLawn Nothing grew but weeds
I've planted more than a few lawns in my day, all successful -- except for this one. The seed must have been from last years batch because it was all dead and nothing grew. I contacted pennington three times, answered all their questions, provided copies of my receipt -- and found out that the "guaranteed to grow" statement is nonsense. The only thing guaranteed is that I'm out $60. Don't waste your time or money, go with Scotts and get a lawn you can be proud of.
May 11, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by dimples INFERIOR PRODUCT
I AM SO DISSAPPOINTED WITH THIS PRODUCT, I WANTED FESCUE GRASS AND ALL THAT GREW WAS WEEDS AND GRASS THAT HAVE WHEAT-LIKE TIPS( RYE GRASS)
May 31, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by wombat Waste of money
I have been planting and growing lawns for over 30 years and have, until this last lawn, used Scott grass seed with great success. This time I chose to use Pennington Smart seed.
As with each other time I brought in top quality top soil and planted and "cared for" the seed as per the manufacturers instructions. This seed was planted 4 weeks ago. As of this review only 40% (at best) of what was planted has germinated and done so very very thinly, in sparse patches and has only " began" to appear after 2 weeks of being planted.
I sowed an area 50' X 30' and will now have to "re seed" 60% of that area. With only a 40% germination rate, I am going to have to re seed at least 4 or 5 more times to obtain 100% coverage if only 40% of what is sown actually grows. That alone makes this a VERY expensive seed to use.
Not only does it become expensive cost wise, but also time and watering wise as (compared to Scotts) you will use 4 times as much seed, need to water for twice as long (twice a day until germination) and replant the seed time and time again to achieve 100% coverage.
While Scott's seed is marginally more expensive per equivalent bag size it does germinate between 10 to 14 days and does give (at least) a 70 - 80% cover - first time around. That alone makes Scotts seed more cost effective AND far less labor intensive.
In short, this seed (Pennington's Smart Seed) is labor intensive and costly.
June 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pdr A Great Seed
Every where I put out the seed I now have lush grass. I racked, threw down the seed and racked it in, watered and the grass appeared. This is quality seed at a good price that will give you excellent results!
May 16, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by disappointedinCT does not look at all like picture on packaging - much lighter green, broader and taller grass
So sorry I bought this grass. Patches I overseeded last fall look horrible compared to rest of lawn. Tall fescue grows much faster, is much lighter and leaves are much broader than rest of the lawn. Pennington customer service says picture on packaging is for illustration purposes only and does NOT show tall fescue grass. Wish I had known before, now I do not know how to get rid of this grass. Pennington is no help.
April 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by NorthernStar Good product - stays green with less water
This grass seed sprouted and came up in less than a week. So far so good.
I have planted Pennington Tall Fescue in the past with good results. In my experience, this tall fescue requires less water, less fertilizer and can be cut higher than fine fescue/bluegrass lawns. How do I know? My backyard is Pennington tall fescue and my front yard was fine fescue/ kentucky bluegrass for 15 years - so I have been able to compare them side by side for years. I have been so impressed with the tall fescue in the back yard, I bought this seed and am converting my front yard to tall fescue!
Only downside I see to tall fescue is some annual over-seeding is required with tall fescue as it does not spread as readily as traditional grass - but this is a small price to pay given all the upsides.
Tall Fescue back yard photo attached
September 1, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by David Great product, reasonable price.
This brand of grass seed is the brand I always try to find and purchase. Has been good to use with all the dry weather we have in my area, more and more. Other brands most of the time do not preform as advertised, the dry weather will cause them to fail more often . Price was reasonable . Great product
April 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LauraLynn128 It did the job!
I had a big patch of dirt in my back yard. I also had small patches in my front yard. In the backyard since it was a larger area I put down manure and then soil on top. I spread my grass seed down and put straw on top. It took a few weeks (possibly because it was still cold out) but finally filled out. The front yard I did not have as much luck with but I didn't not lay down the manure or the soil. I am thinking of trying again in the fall. I have clay soil so it can be hard to get things to grow. I am impressed with this seed.
May 17, 2015