Pennington Smart Seed Dense Shade Grass Seed and Fertilizer Mix

If areas of your lawn don't see much sunlight, you may have had some difficulty growing thick, green grass. Requiring only 2-6 hours of sunlight, Pennington Smart Seed Dense Shade offers the perfect mix of Tall Fescue and Fine Fescue to thrive in shady conditions.

This grass seed is disease and traffic-resistant, resulting in a strong and durable lawn. Plant it in early spring or early fall and see results in 8 to 16 days. A 3-pound bag covers up to 750 square feet for overseeding an existing lawn and 250 square feet for starting a new lawn from scratch.

What makes Smart Seed smart? It's our industry-leading innovation. Pennington's NexGen Turf Research is the largest private grass seed research facility in the United States. We lead the industry in developing top-performing, water-conserving, sustainable seed. Once established, our purebred, drought-tolerant Smart Seed grass requires up to 30 percent less water than ordinary grass seed. That's year after year, for the life of your lawn. Plus, our advanced, fertilizer-enhanced seed coat technology speeds establishment and promotes greener grass. Born from Pennington innovation and NexGen breeding and research, Smart Seed brings you better seed, better sustainability and better results.


Daily Light Required: 2-6 Hours of Sun

Sun Tolerance: Inadequate

Shade Tolerance: Excellent

Grass Texture: Fine to Moderately Fine

Drought Tolerance: Good

Disease Resistance: Very good

Traffic Tolerance: Good

Planting Zones: A - M

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: 8-16 days

Mowing Height: 3”


Planting Zones: A - M


Step 1: Prepare
For Bare Spots/New Lawns: 
Remove debris, then rake the soil to loosen and smooth the top layer.

For Overseeding/Thin Areas:
Start by mowing existing grass as short as possible followed by removing debris. Then rake the soil to loosen and smooth the top layer.

Step 2: Apply
Spread the seed evenly using a drop, rotary or hand-held spreader according to the recommended spreader settings. Rake gently to work your seed & fertilizer in though the soil.

Step 3: Water
Keep the soil moist by watering daily as needed until grass sprouts and reaches about 3" tall.