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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, pure-bred 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 the seed to establish faster during the early growth period when grass is most susceptible to disease.

  • Superior drought, heat, and disease resistance
  • Save up to 30% more water year after year versus ordinary grass seed
  • Produces a fine-bladed, lower-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.

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March 3, 2014
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...
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June 30, 2015
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any time when the temp. will hold for a week or two at 75-89 degrees is the best time.
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May 7, 2015
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The Spring is the best time to start planting new seed.
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June 10, 2014
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I was told the best time is when temperatures are above 90 but I put my seeds out last Monday in 86-88 degree weather and they were sprouting on Friday...less than a week.
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March 4, 2014
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Hello,
Normally, the best time to seed a new lawn is during the fall planting season because the air and soil are at their most ideal temperatures. However, most people start seeding or reseeding in the Spring. If you are starting a new lawn in Spring, sow your lawn between mid-March and mid-May. Summer planting is not recommended due to extreme temperatures.
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How to plant the seed

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Jacksonville, FL
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August 9, 2016
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?
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September 25, 2016
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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.
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August 10, 2016
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Yes We covered ours with straw as it was on a slope as well as a flat area.
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August 10, 2016
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Hello,
We would recommend using a Seed Starter Mat (SKU# 313-562) to protect the seeds and keep them from being washed away. Even on a flat surface the seed mat would help protect the seeds from the environment.
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Does the grass spread to fill in thin areas, or is overseeding required? Should I mow the grass first?

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Austin, TX
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March 31, 2016
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! :-)
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June 4, 2016
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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.
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April 1, 2016
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Overseeing is optional but not required. The area should be cleared and tasked to smooth the soil first.
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March 31, 2016
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Howdy Anonymous,
With the warmer weather almost here your grass will become much thicker. Did you use "Topper" on the seed? This has starter fertilizer that helps seeds become established.
As for the grass folding underfoot, this one can be confusing because some of the signs that your lawn needs water–like not springing back up when you step on it, and blades of grass curling up–can also be signs of Read More
Howdy Anonymous,
With the warmer weather almost here your grass will become much thicker. Did you use "Topper" on the seed? This has starter fertilizer that helps seeds become established.
As for the grass folding underfoot, this one can be confusing because some of the signs that your lawn needs water–like not springing back up when you step on it, and blades of grass curling up–can also be signs of overwatering. Use common sense. If you’ve been dousing your lawn and it still looks like it “needs water,” it’s most likely wilted from overwatering.
As to when to mow? at this point I would say let your grass grow to at least 4 inches before you do. This will give your lawn a chance to mature and get hardy.
Happy Lawning,
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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?

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Yes, it worked really well in the shade
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I planted this seed in a very wet area in the middle of almost daily rain and it has done fantastic. I've never planted grass before but this stuff makes it super easy. Half of my front yard was bare dirt from the shade killing nearly all of the Bermuda grass. I planted this seed and now I have a full lawn again....
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March 13, 2014
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Hello,
Too much water can be a problem because the new seedlings will be susceptible to weeds, insect and disease. It is very difficult to get grass established in muddy areas. In order to get grass to take root you may need to consider options to divert moisture away or fill in low spots.
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Smart Seed 3 lb. Dense Shade Grass Seed is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 69.
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 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 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 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 Exceeded expectations. Grows where other seeds have not and sprouts fast! I removed an old wood swing set and hut in a shady area of our property. Didn't do much other than rake and level the soil. Planted this seed and tossed some shredded hay on top. I have a sprinkler system so relied on that for its daily watering. Walked over to take a look the following Saturday and most areas were showing nice 1 inch tall blades. Since then it has filled in nicely to a rich green color and has held up through the summer. Performed better than I thought it would.
Date published: 2016-09-16
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