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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.
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