Thursday, April 25, 2013

Lawn Care 101 with Pennington Smart Seed + a Giveaway!

This post is brought to you by Pennington Smart Seed
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Great lawns are something to admire, and they can really increase a home's curb appeal by making it look well cared for. I love to play around with the interior of my home, but it's important not to forget about the outside. Enter Pennington Seed, the #1 selling seed in the industry. We had a great lawn when we lived in Utah, but our sweet little Idaho house has a shadier lawn and it's always looked a little sad.


The good news is a nice lawn can be closer than you think, and it doesn't require a complicated maintenance plan worthy of a golf course! 

First, choose a great seed. Pennington offers several different varieties and mixes so you can pick the right seed for your lawn; we picked up a mix called "Sun & Shade" for our tree-filled yard. I was also impressed to read how much work has gone into developing Pennington's Smart Seed: there are no fillers, and the seed has been formulated to germinate faster, grow deeper and denser root systems, and use up to 30% less water each year. 

So why would using a drought tolerant seed be important? In a nutshell it comes down to time, money, and the environment!
  • First, less water needed means less time spent watering, and since Americans spend an average of 73 hours a year on their lawn (most of it with a sprinkler!) this translates to a nice time saver for you.
  • Second, depending on where you live, homeowners use 30-70% of their total water outside; and in most places water isn't cheap!
  • Third, we are getting hotter: 2012 was the hottest year on record and 2/3 of the country went through some sort of drought. Saving water has never been more important!
  
Next, prep your lawn & sow the seed. We decided to overseed our healthy grass to help eliminate thin or bare patches resulting from heavy traffic in certain areas, plus a couple kids and a large dog.


We do fertilize (which helps) but we've noticed that it doesn't fix the patchiness completely so we decided overseeding was a good idea to help thicken our lawn.
  • Pennington recommends conducting a soil test to make sure your lawn is healthy and is getting all the nutrients it needs. If needed, go ahead and fertilize or add soil amendments at this point.
  •  Mow your existing lawn, remove clippings & rake the area lightly to help the new seed make good contact with the soil so it will grow.
  • Sprinkle the seed (we used a spreader we already had) and gently rake to cover it lightly with soil.
  • Keep your lawn moist to encourage the seed to germinate and start growing. After it's established you can start watering only as needed and enjoy your thicker lawn!
 
I'm really excited to have a thicker, healthier lawn!

Giveaway Time! not only is a nice lawn just a couple steps away, Pennington has been gracious enough to offer one of you a $50 American Express gift card so you can get a jump start! The giveaway is now closed.

  • Mandatory Entry: Comment on this post with your favorite lawn and garden tip! 
  • Bonus Entry:  Follow Take the Side Street on Facebook and tell me you did so in a separate comment on this post. 
  • Bonus Entry: Follow Pennington Seed on Facebook and tell me you did so in a separate comment on this post.
Giveaway Terms: Giveaway is limited to US residents 18 years old and above. Winner will be chosen using random.org and will be contacted via email and given 48 hours to reply to confirm win. By entering you give me permission to release your contact info to the giveaway sponsor for prize shipment purposes; Take the Side Street is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please allow up to 8 weeks for delivery. Giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook or Twitter. Void where prohibited by law. All entries will be verified.

Disclosure: This post and giveaway are sponsored by Pennington Seed, and I received compensation for my involvement. I was not told what to purchase and all opinions and experiences are mine.

52 comments:

  1. Water your lawn in the morning, and water often after you've put down new grass seed.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  2. My favorite tip is to trim bushes/trees all the way down after 6 months or so they grow back full

    Nathansmommy619(At)aol(dot)com

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  3. my favorite garden tip is to mix in compost with the dirt and /or soil. My veggies turned out great last year. I guess it helps, sure didnt hurt!

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  4. I like Take the Side Street on FB

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  5. I like Pennington Seed on FB

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  6. Deadheading flowers often keeps them blooming more fully!

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  7. Following Pennington Seed on Facebook now.

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  8. Buy a compost bin and use in your gardens for healthier plants!

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  9. I follow you on FB. (Dwell on Joy)

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  10. I follow Pennington Seed on FB too! Hoping to get some good grass growing tips for my new house in my feed!

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  11. Start small and grow weed-less.

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  12. Follow Take the Side Street on Facebook

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  13. Follow Pennington Seed on Facebook

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  14. Fertilize often for bigger blooms and lusher grass
    2dogs5catscrew@att.net

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  15. Following Take the Side Street on Facebook as Amy Orvin

    2dogs5catscrew@att.net

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  16. Following Pennington Seed on Facebook as Amy Orvin

    2dogs5catscrew@att.net

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  17. My tip would be START EARLY! It's a mistake we've made too many times.

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  18. Also following you on FB as Cheryl.Miles

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  19. i use lawn clippings in the garden to hold down weeds!

    dtdady at gmail dot com

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  20. i like take the side street on fb too

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  21. Water the lawn in early morning or late evening.

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  22. My lawn desperately needs some lush grass. I've heard to aerate before you seed.

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  23. I'm a novice, but I've learned that working hard in the fall pays out in the spring.

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  24. Keep up with the weeding and watering.

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  25. I Follow Take the Side Street on Facebook

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  26. Follow Pennington Seed on Facebook

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  27. Lawn tips?!!! Not if you've seen OUR lawn! :)

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  28. water every evening or morning!
    daniellex at gmail dot com

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  29. Lawn tip: water late at night or early morning hours to conserve on water and to prevent the lawn from burning during daytime watering.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  30. My favorite tip is to be realistic when shopping for plants. Don't buy plants with maintenance requirements that exceed the care you will be able or willing to give them.

    I am a lazy gardener and succulents are perfect plants for me.

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  31. As soon as you see weeds,pull them. Don't cut the grass down to low (my dad has done this) and try to water your lawn several times a week

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  32. like pennington seeds on facebooK: michelle barrett

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  33. I would starting putting down ant and pest killers starting at the very week before spring hits

    yes.4eva.r(atgmaildotcom)

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  34. My tip is to know what you're planting where. From grass seed to perennials and everything in between, there's something for sun and something for shade. There's things to be walked on, or cut or not. There's so many choices and many questions to be asked before you make your choice. Make sure you ask them :)

    Wendy
    won2xx at gmail dot com

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  35. Following Take the Side Street on Facebook (Wendy T).

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  36. Following Pennington Seed on Facebook.

    Thank you.

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  37. My favorite tip:
    If your lawn is already well-maintained, all you need to do is give it a light raking once the ground has dried out. However, problem areas should be addressed quickly, as they can stress your lawn and make it more susceptible to weeds and disease.

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  38. I was just thinking that we should try overseeding the lawn this year! :-) I hope it works!

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  39. I like you on FB as Alaine Elise
    alaine74014 at gmail dot com

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  40. I like pennington seed on fb
    alaine74014 at gmail dot com

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  41. I weed my garden weekly while i am playing with the dog outside. It only takes about 5 min amd I never have to worry about the weeds taking over.

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  42. I like Take The Side Street on facebook.

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  43. I like Pennington Seeds on facebook.

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  44. We use newspaper as a weed block works great and its an easy way to recycle

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