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Smart Seed Dense Shade Mixture

Overcome your lawn's lack of sun and enjoy thick, beautiful grass with Pennington Smart Seed Dense Shade. This premium mix of cool-season perennial grasses contains varieties especially selected for superior shade tolerance in your growing region. Even when lawn areas receive as little as two to four hours of daily sun, you can transform thin, struggling grass to lush, green lawn.

  • Produces a fine bladed, lower maintenance lawn
  • Specially formulated to outperform other shade mixes
  • Improved disease resistance
  • Contains improved seed varieties that thrive in the shade
  • Seed mixes are customized for different regions of the country, providing a grass seed specifically formulated for the different climatic zones
  • Contains Pennington’s exclusive Penkote technology
  • Contains a blend of tall fescues
New Seeding
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 ⅛" 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 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.

Undesirable Lawns
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.
All zones
Seed Planting Zone

Daily Light Required: Medium to heavy shade (2-4 hrs sun)

Sun Tolerance: Low

Shade Tolerance: Excellent

Grass Color: Medium to dark green

Grass Texture: Fine

Drought Tolerance: Good

Disease Resistance: Very good

Traffic Tolerance: Moderate

Planting Zones: All

Recommended Planting Dates: Early spring or early fall

Planting Rates:

  • New Lawns: 8 lbs/1,000 sq ft
  • Overseeding: 4 lbs/1,000 sq ft

Planting Depth: ¼”

Germination: 7-10 days

Mowing Height: 2 ½”-3”

Grows best in the shaded area.

For shady lawns.
Needs 2 to 4 hours of daily sun.


Plant in early Spring or Fall, when temperatures are between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.


Remove debris, then rake the soil to loosen and smooth the top layer.


Spread the seed evenly using a spreader. For new lawns, apply a starter fertilizer. Rake gently to work your seed & fertilizer into the soil.


This is the most important step! Keep the soil moist by watering daily (twice a day if you have to) until grass sprouts and reaches about 3” tall.


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