The Pennington Smart Seed Dense Shade Grass Seed Mix 3 lbs. (22568) is a premium, environmentally beneficial grass seed mixture that establishes a healthy, thick turf with fine-bladed texture. It does not demand high maintenance and it features an ultimate disease resistance. It has the finest pure-bred seed and contains no fillers. It also saves water up to 30 percent year after year compared to other ordinary grass seeds. The Smart Seed is enhanced with Penkote and MYCO Advantage technology to ensure superior plant growth. It is best planted in heavily shaded fields and it covers up to 750 square feet. Seed mixes are specially formulated to adapt different climatic zones of various regions in the country.
Prepare the soil and spread the seed evenly using a drop, rotary or hand-held spreader and rake gently Water everyday until grass sprouts and reaches about 2 1/2 to 3 inch tall * See label for complete application instructions
Up to 750 square feet
Material / Construction
Improved seed varieties that thrive in the shade
Contains Pennington's exclusive MYCO Advantage and Penkote technology Saves water up to 30%
Prepare the soil by tilling to a depth of 4 - 6 inches. Conduct a soil test to be sure your soil has the proper nutrients it needs for a healthy lawn. Apply fertilizer and soil amendments, such as lime or gypsum, at the recommended rates. If you are unable to conduct a soil test, apply a complete lawn fertilizer according to the recommended rates on the packages. Work fertilizer or soil amendments evenly into the soil, then rake the soil surface smooth to give the seed an ideal bed in which to establish healthy roots. Sow the grass seed by evenly spreading according to the recommended seeding rates. Rake, harrow, or otherwise work the seed into the soil. Keep the area well watered until the seeds germinate and the seedlings have grown sufficiently to establish a lawn, then water as needed.
Overseeding or Re-Seeding
Before overseeding, it is important to prepare the soil. Conduct a soil test to be sure your lawn has the proper balance of nutrients. Fertilize and add soil amendments if needed. Mow or clip the existing grass as closely as possible. Remove clippings and rake, harrow lightly, or aerate the soil where there is existing lawn. This will allow the new seed to make contact with the soil. Sow the seed and gently rake to cover. Keep the lawn moist until seedlings are established, then water as needed.
Rid your lawn of undesirable grasses following the steps below so that you can establish a desirable lawn:
During any growing season, spray the established undesirable turf with a non-selective herbicide labeled for lawn use. Follow the directions on the label.
After the lawn turns brown, continue with your seeding program as outlined above. Be sure to start with a soil test or a soil amendment, such as fertilizer.
Improving Bare Spots
Mow your lawn closely, then remove leaves, dead grass, etc. Rake, harrow lightly, or aerate the bare spots to prepare the seedbed. Conduct a soil test to be sure the soil has the proper balance of nutrients. Fertilize and add soil amendments if needed.
Additional Care Tips
Once your grass is 1/3 taller than the recommended mowing height you may begin mowing it.
Avoid removing more than 1/3 of the total grass blade length at any single mowing to keep your grass thick and healhy.
Increase your mowing height in summer months to reduce grass stress.
planted two weeks ago (mid April) in Texas, growing bright green. Bright green. I raked the ground before hand and after laying the seeds put top soil over part of it. The area that I added the top soil to is looking great. that area is also shaded
I never leave bad reviews but none of the seeds produced new grass so I am sure it was a bad bag of seed. I followed the planting directions and kept soil moist but again no new grass. I would not recommend this product.
My back yard is about 90% covered in dense shade. I am trying this seed for the first time so do not know how well it will perform when fully mature. However, it did germinate very quickly and looks very good at 2" tall so I am encouraged.
Is mold an issue with the Pennington Smart Seed Dense Shade Grass Mix?
We have been getting a lot of rain and are concerned about mold.
According the manufacturer, Pennington Smart Seed Shade Grass Mix is disease resistant so mold should not be a problem. It is also heat resistant and drought resistant. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.