“Lawncare 101” and a $50 AMEX Giveaway

Post and giveaway sponsored by Pennington Smart Seed, but all opinions are my own.

Living in dry Colorado, keeping a green and healthy lawn can be a full time job. I feel like every year we end up with barren spots, the dog digs a patch, or the sun beats the sunniest part of yard into submission.

I am VERY excited about this new drought tolerant grass seed product from Pennington!

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So, this summer, I have a plan! Pennington has 10 varieties of Smart Seed including, Perennial Rye Grass Blend, Pennsylvania State Mix, and Dense Shade Mix.  Now, I can choose the mix best suited to our climate and yard conditions. Which would be the Tall Fescue Blend. It is drought tolerant and can stand up to intense heat. The best part is, it is low growing and requires less mowing than your typical turf grass.

The two big selling points for me are that each bag is pure seed and no filler which improves resistance to disease, insects, and drought and all of the seed varieties have been qualified for their drought tolerance by the independent research organization, TWCA.

Choosing the best seed is only the first step though. You need to prepare and care for your lawn as it moves through each stage to ensure you will be rewarded with a lush green lawn! Here are some tips to get you (and me) on your way.

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For a Full New Lawn

1. Till your soil to a depth of 4-6 inches. (You can rent one by the hour from most home improvement stores).

2. Have the soil tested by a professional, or grab a kit and your local gardening center.

3. Add the proper amendments and fertilizers according to your test results. My neighbor is ALWAYS giving away his homemade compost and I will be mixing that into my soil as well.

4. Work all of the amendments into the soil and rake to a level surface.

5. Evenly spread the grass seed according to package instructions. then rake the seed in to a depth of 1/8 inch.

6. Keep the area well watered until the seeds have become a well established lawn. This means watering EVERY DAY to keep the soil moist and build a strong root system. After 2 weeks, water every third day for 20 minutes until the grass is fully grown. Once your lawn is well established, the usual watering recommendations are every fourth day for 20-30 minutes.

For Bare Spots

1. Mow closely and remove all leaves and debris.

2. Rake and lightly aerate bare spots.

3. Conduct a soil test (see above).

4. Fertilize and add amendments as needed.

5. Sow the seeds and gently rake to cover.

6. Keep the area well watered until the seeds have become a well established lawn. This means watering EVERY DAY to keep the soil moist and build a strong root system. After 2 weeks, water every third day for 20 minutes until the grass is fully grown. Once your lawn is well established, the usual watering recommendations are every fourth day for 20-30 minutes.

*** Be conscious of your local watering restrictions. Here in Arvada, we are already limited to 2 days of watering per week. However, there are different stipulations for newly planted seed or sod.***

Even though you may not think water is scarce in your neck of the woods, it is important for all of us to conserve this resource.  In 2012, the U.S. experienced the hottest year on record and 2/3 of the country faced drought conditions. Pennington Smart Seed remains green for up to three weeks without water and requires up to 30% less water year after year than ordinary seed.  Using a drought tolerant variety of grass means less watering no matter what climate you live in.

Americans spend an average of 73 hours per year maintaining their lawns and most of that is spent watering. Then there is the money factor, most homeowners use between 30-70% of their water outdoors-whew that can get pricey! Ummm, I am so not cool with that. Please make caring for my lawn easier, quicker, and cheaper

Now, onto the amazing giveaway sponsored by Pennington.

They are giving one of you lucky readers a

$50 American Express Card!

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This contest is open until April 29, 2012 at midnight.

(Winner announced on April 30)

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Fingers crossed that armed with this great product and professional expertise from Pennington we will actually have a gorgeous drought tolerant lawn this summer!

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Comments

  1. Mary Happymommy says:

    My favorite tip is to water your lawn in the morning, and water often after putting down new grass seed.

  2. My tip: make sure your lawn always gets enough water

  3. Jennifer Marie says:

    Make sure the lawn is well hydrated!

  4. Leaving a lawncare tip for the giveaway: Leave grass clippings on the lawn rather than bagging them (best if you have a mulching mower). The grass clippings deliver nitrogen to the soil.

  5. We have gone organic on our yard and to see the new influx of birds, bees, Texas Horny Lizard’s (guess where we live) , and butterflies has been a real joy and reward. We always wondered why we saw less and less now we know. Thanks for the give away!

    • Good for you Jan! I LOVE when people use more native grasses instead of forcing grass that doesn’t even belong in that climate.

  6. Looking forward to fixing the lawn!

  7. Buy good soil and compost for your plants.

  8. Ellie Harris says:

    Great tips! My yard could really use the help!

  9. My favorite lawn tip is to conserve water and water the lawn every fourth day for 20-30 minutes. I don’t even water my lawn though, it usually rains enough.

    • So jealous that you get enough rain to handle the lawn! I have heard from our Water people in town that less often but watering more deeply and in the early morning is the best.

  10. Jessie C. says:

    Start small and grow weed-less.

  11. do lawn work in the morning before it gets too hot to stand being outside!! lol

  12. I live in Texas and it gets HOT! We only water twice a week, but for longer times. We also don’t mow too short. A little bit longer seem to help!

  13. we just started on our lawn this past weekend & i can sure use the help. thanks/chance

  14. Boiling water over weeds, works every time!

  15. barbara n says:

    Mow frequently with shape blades, but not too short!!!

  16. Get a service to do it.

  17. Lisa Brown says:

    Water your lawn in the late evening or early morning hours to conserve water and to prevent your lawn from burning.

  18. Tamara Shurling says:

    I just moved into a new house and am trying to grow grass from seed as there isn’t any right now. Thank you for all the great tips!

  19. My favorite tip is too not mow my grass too short. I never mow below level 4 on my mower. My neighbors mow at level one so they only have to mow once a month, and their lawns look horrible.

  20. rebecca shockley says:

    Don’t over-water or flood your yard!

  21. Barbara Montag says:

    It’s important to water when needed – preferably in the morning
    Thank you.

  22. Jill Rivera says:

    When u raise the deck of the lawn mover allows the roots to go deep in the ground.

  23. Livivua Chandler says:

    Always buy plants that are primed for your geographical location and not just because they are pretty and you will have optimal growth.

  24. Laura Jacobson says:

    I was always told it was better to water your grass in the morning!

  25. Stacey B says:

    my favorite lawn tip is to trim bushes & trees all the way down every 6 months or so, so that they grow back fuller

  26. My favorite tip is setting the soil, one of the most important thing to do for newbie.

  27. Amy Orvin says:

    Fertilize often for bigger blooms and lusher grass

  28. My lawn tip would be to put down fertilizer in late spring so the lawn is nice and healthy come summer and maintain by watering. 🙂

  29. Leave lawn clippings on the lawn, do not bag them!

  30. Don’t let your grass grow too long or else you might get ticketed by your city police! My landlord found that out the hard way. haha!

  31. Water longer but less frequently. Deep root hydration is the key.

  32. My favorite tip is to let someone else mow the yard…..just kidding.
    My favorite tip is mowing the lawn in different directions occasionally to encourage growth.

  33. My favorite tip is to let someone else mow the yard…..just kidding.
    My favorite tip is mowing the lawn in different directions occasionally to encourage growth.
    Make sure your blades are sharp.

  34. I love a weed free lawn and nice looking Plus I love to mow. Yes I am crazy!

  35. Shell We says:

    Aerate your lawn so water & nutrients can reach the roots.

  36. we just started working on our lawn last week end & believe me it needs it so i can use all the help i can get. thanks/chance

  37. Tabathia B says:

    Don’t give weeds a chance and take care of them immediately and try to water your lawn several times a week

  38. Wild Orchid says:

    My favorite tip is to water early in the morning or later in the evening.

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    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  39. D SCHMIDT says:

    My favorite tip that only learned recently is to make sure you do not trim the grass too short.

  40. Harmony B says:

    My tip: keep it simple, everytime my husband goes crazy with lawn treatments he kills it ; )

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