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Smart Seed 3 lbs. Dense Shade Grass Seed and Fertilizer

$1691
  • Grow thick, green grass in shady areas of your lawn
  • Contains a mix of Tall Fescue and Fine Fescue grass seed
  • 3 lbs. grass seed 750 sq. ft. coverage area, results in 8-16 days
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If areas of your lawn don't see much sunlight, you may have had some difficulty growing thick, green grass. Requiring only 2-hours to 6-hours. of sunlight, Pennington Smart Seed Dense Shade offers the perfect mix of Tall Fescue and Fine Fescue to thrive in shady conditions. This grass seed is disease and traffic-resistant, resulting in a strong and durable lawn. Plant it in early spring or early fall and see results in 8-days to 16-days. This 3 lbs. bag covers up to 750 sq. ft. for overseeding an existing lawn and 250 sq. ft. for starting a new lawn from scratch. What makes Smart Seed smart. It's our industry-leading innovation. Pennington's NexGen Turf Research is the largest private grass seed research facility. We lead the industry in developing top-performing, water-conserving, sustainable seed. Once established, our purebred, drought-tolerant Smart Seed grass requires up to 30% less water than ordinary grass seed. That's year after year, for the life of your lawn. Plus, our advanced, Fertilizer-Enhanced Seed Coat technology speeds establishment and promotes greener grass. Born from Pennington innovation and NexGen breeding and research, Smart Seed brings you better seed, better sustainability and better results.
  • Perfect mix of tall fescue and fine fescue to thrive in shady conditions
  • Grow thick, green grass in areas of your lawn that don't receive much sunlight
  • Contains just the right amount of fertilizer to help your lawn succeed
  • Requires only 2-hours to 6-hours of sunlight
  • Disease and traffic-resistant for a strong, durable lawn
  • Save up to 30% more water year after year versus ordinary grass seed
  • Guaranteed to grow
  • Bag covers up to 750 sq. ft.
  • See results in 8-days to 16-days
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Questions & Answers

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Q:Will this seed grow in late fall i. zone 7b, NY?
by|Oct 10, 2022
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A:  It doesn?t really grow at all in Ohio.

by|Nov 23, 2022
    1 found this answer helpful
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    Q:What does the seed tag say about the contents of the bag?
    by|Sep 25, 2022
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    A:  Hello. The seed tag will list the types and percentages of the grass seed in each package, as well as any other ingredient.

    by|Nov 23, 2022
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      Q:I live in Portland Oregon and would like to know if my lawn which receives more than 6 hours of sun a day during the summer is suitable to use this type of grass seed? I would like to perform a fall reseeding.
      by|Aug 15, 2022
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      A:  Hello. Yes, this product would work well for your lawn. We would recommend seeding when the daytime temperatures are between 65 to 75 degrees and no lower than 50 degrees at night.

      by|Aug 18, 2022

        A:  Yes it is! Great stuff!

        by|Aug 20, 2022
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          Q:I?m looking for 70% blue 30% rye grass seed. Do you have it?
          by|Aug 13, 2022
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          A:  Do what I did, buy a 10lb bag of bluegrass and a 3lb bag of perennial rye grass, then mix them together. The result is 77% blue grass and 23% rye. if you really want 70/30, 7lbs of blue to 3lbs of rye will get you that as well.

          by|Jan 14, 2023
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            A:  Hello. Please reach out to Customer Service at 1-800-285-733 with additional information (where you're planting, sun exposure, coverage needed, etc.,) so we can better recommend a product for you.

            by|Aug 29, 2022
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              Customer Reviews

              3.5 out of 5
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              • 3.5
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              Weeds everywhere
              I put this down two weeks ago and now my yard is full of weeds with very little new grass.
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              Response from Pennington TeamOct 20, 2022
              Hello, We are sorry to hear that you had issues when planting the grass seed. Our seed is rigorously tested for both germination and weed control to ensure that it is only high quality grass seed in our products. Please reach out to discuss your experience with Customer Service at 1-800-285-7333. Thank you. pennington
                1 found this review helpful
                Be Careful with Tow Behind Seeders
                I bought this product on sale and time will tell how well it works to repair bare spots on my lawn. The quality control for this product is terrible. I had a large green lump of product in the bag (1.5"-2" diameter, see photo) that locked up my riding mower tow behind aerator/seeder and it broke the axle mechanism as a result. Be careful if applying this in a similar manner as it may have to be sifted through first. A little quality control with packaging of this product would go a long way.
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                Response from Pennington TeamOct 21, 2022
                Hello, We are sorry to hear about your experience with this product. Please reach out to discuss your experience with Customer Service at 1-800-285-7333. Thank you. pennington
                  Poor Quality
                  When I went to spread this grass seed the green fertilizer came off the seed and created clouds of green smoke that ruined my clothes and would probably have been dangerous to inhale. I’m other seed products the fertilizer does not come off the seed as a powder (I didn’t have this problem with Scott’s brand). Don’t use this product.
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                  Response from Pennington TeamSep 1, 2022
                  Hello! When applying any lawn product that contains fertilizer, we would always recommend wearing protective clothing. We do appreciate your feedback. pennington
                    2 found this review helpful
                    The truth
                    I bought this seed to repair a small area in my backyard in June. Very little Bermuda came up but it was mostly crab grass. I called and talked to a customer insult person and was basically called a liar , there was no crab grass in their seed and it was already in my yard. Basically I can’t get a refund unless I get Home Depot to look up my transaction then mail it to them. All this for an 8$ bag of basically weed seed. I declined and said I just won’t be buying anything that has Pennington on the package. The picture I’m attaching is half a bucket of crab grass I’ve pulled in roughly a 5’x5’ foot area. I still have a 10’x5’ area to go that is worse than the area I’ve cleaned up. If there was a zero star to select it would be closer to what I would give in my review.
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                    Response from Pennington TeamAug 15, 2022
                    We are sorry your recent seeding experience didn't go as planned. While we do understand it can be a frustrating experience seeing weeds grow in seeded areas, we do highly regulate and test our grass seed products for grass seed germination and weed control. Our guarantee on the bag does state that we require the receipt and packaging within 60 days to assist in processing any refunds. pennington
                      Don’t Waste Your Money
                      This bag of weeds will cost me exponentially more in stripping, replanting/reseeding than I would have paid to get sod. The ground was stripped in the spring, solid temperature was 65 degrees, and the seed was covered with straw to keep the moisture in and prevent birds from eating it. My sprinklers kept it moist for weeks allowing it to germinate. The results are atrocious. I might be able to find a few blades of grass if I look closely, but overall it’s ALL WEEDS. Very dissatisfied.
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                      Response from Pennington TeamJul 25, 2022
                      Hello, We are sorry to hear that you had issues when planting the grass seed. Our seed is rigorously tested for both germination and weed control to ensure that it is only high quality grass seed in our products. Please reach out to discuss your experience with Customer Service at 1-800-285-7333. Thank you. pennington
                        Fantastic Seed!
                        I spread this seed (by hand) and I used more seed than recommended in the new area. After a couple of weeks it started to grow in. I kept adding more seed every week to thicken the grass and it now looks beautiful and absolutely NO WEEDS! By the way, I used the entire bag in a 400 sq ft area over 8 weeks to make the lawn more full and plush! The price of this seed is a great value and the sun & shade formulation works amazingly. Pictures attached are over 8 weeks.
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                          Soak
                          I strongly recommend pregermination! I've tried overfeeding a few times! I It was a waste of time and money!: I pregerminatated (soaked the seeds for 3-5 days) Then planted and the grass grew in a week! I made my own sod actually and planted its doing great!
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                            No grow for me
                            [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I was given a bag of Pennington Smart Seed Dense Shade Mix to try. I spred it out in an area which gets little sun. The only thing that came up was weeds. I patiently am waiting for grass to grow. It's been almost 3 weeks. Not impressed at this point.
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                            Response from penningtonpwrAug 2, 2022
                            Hello, We're sorry to hear that you did not have a good experience with our product. Thanks for letting us know. Hearing about your experience is important to us. We hope you'll consider giving us a call at 1-800-285-7333 so we can learn more.
                              A quality grass seed
                              [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] In a stroke of good timing, shortly after receiving this Dense Shade mix from Pennington just a couple weeks before my back deck was removed (due to structural issues). This left a huge dirt patch in an area of my yard that is mostly shaded by the house. The grass had a bright green color to it. As somebody knowing nothing about growing grass, I couldn't help but feel the grass to come will be a vibrant color once it comes in. It also was self fertilizing, which is perfect for a novice gardener like myself (last year was my first real attempt at gardening). It helps simplify the process. It was also easy to distribute and worked with the handheld spreader I bought perfectly. I cant wait till it comes in!!
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                                Finally grass under my tree!!!
                                [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I have an area that I haven't been able to get grass to grow. It only gets sun for about half hour in the early morning. The rest of the time it is completely covered by a very thick beech tree. I had almost gave up on it, then after trying the Pennington dense shade mix I was finally able to get good looking grass under the tree. I have tried multiple different "shade" mixes this is the first one that worked. Thank you Pennington!
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                                  Grass TypeMixedDense ShadeDense ShadeSun and Shade
                                  RegionAppalachians,California Coast,Mideast Central,Midwest,Northeast Central,Northwest Coast,Northwest Mountain,South Florida,Southeast,Southeast-Central Texas,Southwest,Southwest MountainAppalachians,California Coast,Mideast Central,Midwest,Northeast Central,Northwest Coast,Northwest Mountain,South Florida,Southeast,Southeast-Central Texas,Southwest,Southwest MountainAppalachians,California Coast,Mideast Central,Midwest,Northeast Central,Northwest Coast,Northwest Mountain,South Florida,Southeast,Southeast-Central Texas,Southwest,Southwest MountainAppalachians,California Coast,Mideast Central,Midwest,Southeast,Southeast-Central Texas,Southwest,Southwest Mountain
                                  Traffic/Wear Tolerance LevelAny LightBright LightAny LightMedium Light
                                  Drought TolerantNoYesYesYes
                                  Grass Seed UseOverseeding,Patch & RepairNew Lawn,OverseedingPatch & RepairNew Lawn,Overseeding
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