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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
$1598 /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: 2017-04-12

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 83.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Takes some work, but survives Maryland heat and humidity and really does grow in dense shade! We ... Takes some work, but survives Maryland heat and humidity and really does grow in dense shade! We have a big maple that shades almost half of our back yard. There's an area on the east side that is also shaded in the morning by our house, and by early summer, any grass in that area that got started in the spring before the tree was leafed out is almost always dead or dying, leaving a hard-packed dusty clay mix. Ugly. This year I vowed to get grass growing, and gave the Pennington dense shade mix a try. I prepped the bald patch with a hand cultivator, seeded it heavily, and added some starter fertilizer. Watered it religiously every evening. Took all of 10 days to start seeing green shoots, but they showed up eventually, and a few days of rain helped get them established. The patch has continued to fill in nicely. This is a very fine grass and seems to like to grow in clumps, but it's a 100 percent improvement over anything I've tried there in the past. Now, well into our usual 90+ deg. summer weather, it's holding up well with a weekly watering. I won't say it was easy, but bottom line, it's thriving in a densely shaded area, as advertised. Definitely worth a try.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsum lawn Awsum grass seed. Get what u pay 4. Go get sum & try it for yourself
Date published: 2017-05-23
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 3 out of 5 by from Had high hopes to fill in a patchy area that gets mostly shade under an oak tree. I would say 30... Had high hopes to fill in a patchy area that gets mostly shade under an oak tree. I would say 30% of the seeds actually became grass and it is very spotty, wispy in that it falls over very quickly and if walked on, stays matted for several days. I wanted it to fill in and be a hearty grass, not looking like that will happen. However, it is still a young seed . . .perhaps it will spread out/fill in & stand up to the elements as time passes.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of money and time. Nothing grows from this bag of seed. Last year i used Scott grass seed,... Waste of money and time. Nothing grows from this bag of seed. Last year i used Scott grass seed, it worked great but the grass was tall and died out. At least Scott has good grass seed but I'm done with grass seed. Seek for another solution to repair my lawn.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent grass seed Within a week of putting the seed down its some end and feed the grass tarts growing. Once you get good rain the grass really starts to get tall. 3 weeks later the grass is 4 to 5 inches tall.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product worked great I mixed it with rye to get a quick start and prevent erosion on a vacan... This product worked great I mixed it with rye to get a quick start and prevent erosion on a vacant lot. It sprouted within 2 weeks it looks great no noticeable weeds thus far. Great product.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product! Just replanted front yard. Used timed sprinkler, BAM!! Beautiful with no weeds. Re seeded back yard. Never thought it would be so green. Pennington your product is wonderful thank you.
Date published: 2017-06-14
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