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Pennington Smart Seed 3 lb. Dense Shade Grass Seed
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Pennington

Smart Seed 3 lb. Dense Shade Grass Seed

  • Ideal for moderately to heavily shaded areas
  • Smart Seed formula is drought, heat and disease resistant
  • Covers up to 750 sq. ft. with 7-10 day seed germination
$15.98 /each

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Grow a beautiful, thick lawn that thrives in shady areas. Premium, purebred Pennington Smart Seed is guaranteed to grow thick and healthy grass. Smart Seed grass seed is drought-tolerant, saving you up to 30% more water year after year versus ordinary grass seed. It contains Myco Advantage technology which creates a dense root system for improved water retention, protecting your grass against drought and tough summer heat. Pennington Penkoted technology protects the seed from deadly fungus by enabling it to establish faster during the early growth period when grass is most susceptible to disease.

  • Superb drought, heat, and disease resistance
  • Save up to 30% more water year after year versus ordinary grass seed
  • Produces a fine-bladed, low-maintenance lawn
  • 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 7-10 days
  • Covers up to 750 sq. ft.
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I would like to know the best time of the year to plant the Pennington Smart grass seed.

I live in the city of St. Louis, State of Missouri, and the area I would be using the Pennington seed is very shady. I have already prepared the soil for seeding. Thank you for taking my question...
Asked by: Sissy
any time when the temp. will hold for a week or two at 75-89 degrees is the best time.
Answered by: jly
Date published: 2016-11-23

How to plant the seed

The area I will be using this for is near a partial hill/slope under a fence. Do I need to cover this up to keep the seed from washing away? Should I cover it on a flat surface as well?
Asked by: JRod
If I were you, I would wait and seed it in December or January. You don't have to work up the soil as the freezing and thawing of the ground will work it in for you. Next spring you will see the results... I have done it for years.
Answered by: JessamineJ
Date published: 2016-11-23

Does the grass spread to fill in thin areas, or is overseeding required? Should I mow the grass first?

This is the 3rd week since planting. Seed germinated in 8 days and has grown to about 2" height. It was watered twice daily until it had grown to 1", then we cut back to once daily and had some rain along the way. I believe that all the seeds that were going to germinate have done so, and there are areas that look very thin. I used 6 lbs. of the Smart Seed in an area of 250 sq. ft. I expected a much thicker growth pattern. Now I need to know if, and when, the established grass will spread. Should the grass be mowed to encourage a deeper root system? If so, when should mowing take place? The grass blade is very thin and appears quite fragile at this point. If stepped on, it folds flat against the ground and does not "rebound." I can visualize a rotary mower ripping the grass from the ground rather than cutting it! Also, as previously mentioned, the weight of the mower is going to mash the grass flat. If the grass does not spread from the root system, when should I overseed? Since it is so tall right now, should it be mowed before overseeding? Many thanks for any help you can provide! :-)
Asked by: Scarlett
I would not cut the grass at this time and over seed the area. That is what I did and the grass is filling in and growing nicely.
Answered by: Foneman
Date published: 2016-06-05

I have a shaded muddy wet area. I have had difficulty growing grass there and am going to overseed. Is this a good seed for wet areas?

Asked by: marty
Yes, it worked really well in the shade
Answered by: MizzM
Date published: 2016-11-23
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Smart Seed 3 lb. Dense Shade Grass Seed is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 74.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from While the grass seed sprouted well, I now have a new weed (finally identified by the Rutgers Exte... While the grass seed sprouted well, I now have a new weed (finally identified by the Rutgers Extension Service as bittercress) growing everywhere I seeded. Areas of my yard that were not seeded do not have this weed. Where I increased the seed output, the weed is even more prevalent. When I contacted company representatives, they actually had the audacity to suggest purchasing their products to eradicate it!! The weed seed is in the Sun & Shade mix AND the dense shade mix. Buyer beware!!!
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I plant this seed every year for the past few years in the middle of OCT so the new grass will ha... I plant this seed every year for the past few years in the middle of OCT so the new grass will have a head start in the spring when the trees leaf out again. Tolerates the dry soil under the trees, but still needs weekly water in the summer. By the end of the summer there is about 30% still alive due to the heat, dryness and shade, but that's the best of any grasses I have tried here in N TX. It's a larger bag than I need, so I wind up overseeding, basically just broadcasting, in the shady areas of the yard to use up the other half of the bag. I also usually buy a large bag or two of cheap potting soil and sprinkle over the seeds instead of scratching up the old dirt. It's easier on my back and doesn't hurt the existing grass. Water it twice a day to keep it moist and in a week you will have 1 inch sprigs of new grass.
Date published: 2016-11-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not sprout I sewed this in both full and part shade, and it looks as if none of it sprouted at all: the dead seeds are sitting on the ground after more than two weeks. The weather conditions were ideal and I watered the seed just as I had watered the previous batch of Rebel, which came up very well. There might be an issue with how HD handled this (although it is doubtful it would have frozen, for example), but I will not buy Pennington again.
Date published: 2016-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The results are hit and miss. Used a couple of bags of the grass seed on the backyard mixed with ... The results are hit and miss. Used a couple of bags of the grass seed on the backyard mixed with a new soil and the results are mixed. There are patches where the grass have been growing and patches where it is just dirt. Been watering about once a day and the grass that did germinate, look good and healthy. I would say this is my first time trying to grow grass so it could just be me. I guess I don't have much of a green thumb.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from at 20 days it looked great, at 40 days it looked like it was never planted I did two connected sections by bringing in new dirt which I have used before. Used the dense shade as it gets less than an hour of sun a day. I have a sprinkler system so relied on that for its daily watering. In Section one used two plus bags and had growing grass within 2 weeks, looked great. I then seeded section 2 and after two weeks only 1 of the 2 bags seemed to work at all . Changed water pattern & times and still no growth. Over the next two weeks, all the new grass had gone away from both sections and I am now looking at my new dirt. If you read this, I would be concerned about buying it
Date published: 2016-09-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Followed all instructions to a tee the seed did not germinate. Wasted my time and wasted my money. Followed all instructions to a tee the seed did not germinate. Wasted my time and wasted my money.
Date published: 2016-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good Results There's something about this seed or brand that seems to provide me with very good results. I have an area of my lawn that is heavily shaded by tree cover, and the grass cover there is relatively "thin." Although this seed does not provide a thick turf, it does manage to grow grass reasonably well under those conditions, compared to the sun/shade version of this product. I do have and use an in-ground irrigation system that provides regular watering to the lawn. I also routinely fertilize during the year and once per year, mechanically remove thatch. I receive regular compliments from passers-by about my turf. It is important to note, that my lawn (including that produced by this seed) has been not immune from grubs and lawn disease, so regular maintenance could be required.
Date published: 2016-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Pennington Dense shade seed mix produced amazing results ! I have tried other shade mix va... This Pennington Dense shade seed mix produced amazing results ! I have tried other shade mix varieties in this area of my yard with disappointing results. Pennington dense shade mix seeds applied in the late fall with daily watering for the first week gave the best results I have ever had with grass seeds.
Date published: 2016-11-29
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