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. Penningtonâs 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.
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76%of customersrecommend this product25 of 33reviews
Rating Breakdown35 reviews
76%of customersrecommend this product25 of 33reviews
Let me start off by saying I have lived in my home for 14 1/2 years and I have had virtually no grass that grows on the north side of my home. I wish I had a before picture to show you, but trust me there was no grass. I finally found the Smart Seed and it said Dense Shade, so I decided to give it a try, I put down several bags of new top soil as erosion was washing away all the dirt next to the house.
I watered every day as it recommended and on about day 8 or 9 I saw grass growing where it had never grown before. The pictures are from 5/7/2015 I planted this around the middle of March 2015.
This grass grows very dense and is a fine blade grass. You will need to mow it is multiple directions to get it to cut properly as the grass lays down, it does not stand straight up like a Bermuda grass, but it does grow in shade and that is what is most important to me.
Pros: Durable, Vibrant Color, Strong, Great Quality
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Grass as of 5/7/2015 planted March 2015. Untouched photo.
Close-up of grass to show how dense it is and how it lays. Untouched photo.
I planted this in June in the Atlanta area, under a big tree. I really had no expectations of success because of the late date, and the amount of shade. But 5 days after seeding, this came up beautifully.
I would never have believed we could get grass to grow in our yard. We get very little sunlight and soil conditions are poor with all the evergreen trees shedding. The grass came in dense and soft with no prep on firm soil. Looks beautiful.
I just planted this stuff so a little early to tell BUT....my only complaint is that the coverage area is not 10x12 like the bag states. You really need to completely cover the desired area with the seed. And being a 3lb bag at $16 bucks, it's going to cost a pretty penny if you have a large area to cover. It would actually be cheaper to buy sod but in my case, the sod would eventually die out b/c of heavy shade. So, testing an area in my back yard that's about 95% shade.
This product has a very low germination rate, less than 40% based on the area the seeds were broadcasted. I just bought 2 pallets of grass and have somebody planted it in my backyard instead. I'll probably just gonna feed the remaining seeds to the birds, at least they will be happy with the product.
I have never used grass seed before and didn’t know what to expect. I was totally surprised at the way the grass came in and how fast it grew. It was not difficult to plant and it has a nice green color. The test will come this summer when the weather gets hot. I plan on planting more after winter.
I bought the deep shade fescue to try in my front yard which has two large shady trees and is sloped. I was concerned that using grass seed might introduce weeds or nut grass or crabgrass (my past experience with grass seed). This product says 99.9% weed free. I have tried for several years to get some kind of grass or ground cover to grow there. This was an inexpensive option to try instead of putting down expensive sod. I used a hand spreader to plant the seed and fertilizer, then raked it in a little bit, used a couple of bags of sod over some of the tree roots. Then I used a couple of the netting rolls to cover it. I watered it every day for about 10 minutes and in about 6-10 days it started growing up through the netting. I have a nice covering of grass after three weeks that looks much better than the bare ground I had before. And there are no weeds introduced by the seed. I am very pleased and would recommend this product.
Live in Dallas area and have some very large native trees in the back. St Augustine wasn't getting enough light back there and new sod just rotted away. Tried this seed after lightly removing dead grass and was amazed at how quickly it came up. I was pretty liberal with the seed and added some Scotts new lawn fertilizer in a spray bottle about a week into the process. Grass looks great and is still filling in nicely.
I purchased several different types of grass seed for my lawn. I have dense shade in red clay. I know, not the best conditions for grass. I planted This seed as well as rebel and landscapers mix, all shade mixes. I planted them beside each other in rows to evaluate how they performed. I found that the Rebel did much better and grew in faster and denser. The pennignton is still growing in now and it might catch up, but I will be planting the rest in rebel. The landscapers mix did great in some spots and not in others. Pennignton will work but may not best mix for my particular yard.
I have a large area in my front yard that is shielded from the sun by a large tree. It was just dirt and I did not think any grass would grow. I threw these seeds on the naked spots last Monday, watered once a few days and by Friday grass was growing! Needless to say I was thrilled. I didn't water a lot because our, ever so accurate, meteorologist called for rain every day last week and we barely got any. I lightly raked before I literally threw the seeds down with my hand, then raked again to mix it in and watered...didn't cover with hay, peat moss or anything. I'm really impressed. I have other spots in my yard that were burned by a local yard service from their weed & feed and I'm hoping Pennington's 1-Step for Bermudagrass will help...fingers crossed.
The grass was very green when it started to grow. Although watering was required to get the seed started. This was followed by a dry period after which the grass turned from green to light brown. Although this may have been the expected result from low water conditions, it did turn green again after it started raining. I did use a starter fertilizer that I believe helped the grass begin to grow. Good stuff.
I can't really say this bag of grass seed did nothing. It did take up space in my garage for a week before I spread it on the dirt patch that is half of my front yard. I read the instructions and felt really positive and hopeful about the soon to be lush, vibrant, baby grass shoots that would soon be sprouting in my front yard dirt patch. This stuff did NOTHING - except stick in the dirt then disappear after a week. July 2014 had to have been the absolutely best month of weather Dallas TX has had for a July in my lifetime. We had cool temps and plenty of rain. I spread this worthless bag of "grass seeds" in my front yard dirt patch at the absolute perfect time to grow grass. But this stuff is a waste of money. I suppose I could have saved the bag and used it to pick up after the dog on her morning walk...
My lawn gets maybe 4 hrs of sun/day (lots of trees). Tried "Dense Shade" for three years. Not impressed. Takes 3 weeks for seed to sprout; constant watering is pain. When some of the seed sprouts the grass blades are like angel hair...lay flat. Much of the seed doesn't sprout even with constant watering. Very expensive..I decided to install artificial turf in at least backyard.