Pennington Smart Seed Fescue / Bluegress Mix is self-spreading, heat and drought tolerant resistance to Kentucky Bluegrass and Tall Fescue varieties and has no fillers. It produces 30% less water after a year versus ordinary grass seed and produces dense, dark green lawn all season. It also contains MYCO Advantage technology to restore and replenish beneficial micro-organisms and Penkote technology for exceptional disease resistance varieties. It is preferred to use in medium soil textured with moderal to high fertility but can also adapt well to a variety of new soil conditions. It is best to use for full sun to moderate shade. Germinates in 7 to 21 days and can cover up to 750 sq. ft. This product comes in a 3 lb bag.
Bare Spots/New Grass: 8 lbs./1,000 sq. ft.
Overseeding/Thin Areas: 4 lbs./1,000 sq. ft.
THIS PACKAGE COVERS
Bare Spots/New Grass: 375 sq. ft.
Overseeding/Thin Areas: 750 sq. ft.
Planting Depth: 1/4"
Seedling Emergence: 7-21 days
Light Required: Full sun to partial shade
Recommended Mowing Height: 2-3"
Traffic Tolerance: Excellent
Drought Tolerance: Excellent
BARE SPOTS/NEW GRASS: Remove debris, then rake the soil to loosen and smooth the top layer.
OVERSEEDING/THIN AREAS: Same instructions as above but start by mowing existing grass as short as possible.
Spread the seed evenly using a drop, rotary or hand-held spreader according to the settings below. Lay down a starter fertilizer to help the seedlings grow healthy and strong. Rake gently to work your seed and fertilizer into the soil.
Keep the soil moist! Water daily (twice a day if you have to) until grass sprouts and reaches about 3" tall. After establishment, Smart Seed premium grade grass seed will require up to 30 less water year after year vs. ordinary seed.
RECOMMENDED SPREADER SETTINGS
BARE SPOTS/NEW GRASS
Republic EZ Drop Spreader
Republic EZ Broadcast Spreader
Scotts AccuGreen Drop Spreader
Scotts SpeedyGreen Broadcast Spreader
*Go over twice.
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 healthy.
Increase your mowing height in summer months to reduce grass stress.
IMPORTANT: Apply weed control products to grass prior to seeding can affect the seed's ability to grow. Be sure to read and follow all manufacturer's recommendations and application insturctions prior to applying any weed control products and prior to seeding. Additionally, do not apply any weed control products to newly seeded areas until grass is established and has been mowed at least 3 or 4 times. Once newly seeded areas are established, you can begin a regular feeding schedule.
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 ?" deep. 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 Reseeding
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 nonselective 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.