Pennington Smart Seed High Traffic Grass Seed and Fertilizer Mix

If your lawn is home to frequent games of tag, football or fetch, you're probably tired of thin areas and bare spots! Smart Seed High Traffic Mix offers the optimal seed varieties to endure all your summer activities.

This mix of Tall Fescue and Perennial Ryegrass seed is extra durable for high traffic areas and contains just the right amount of fertilizer to help your lawn succeed. In areas of your lawn that receive 4 to 6 hours of sun daily, plant Pennington Smart Seed High Traffic Mix in the early spring or early fall and see results in 8 to 14 days. A 3-pound bag covers up to 1,000 square feet for overseeding an existing lawn and 330 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: 4 - 6 Hours of Sun

Sun Tolerance: Good

Shade Tolerance: Good

Grass Texture: Fine to Moderately Fine

Drought Tolerance: Very Good

Disease Resistance: Excellent

Traffic Tolerance: Excellent

Planting Zones: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I

Recommended Planting Dates: Early Spring or Early Fall

Planting Rates:
  • New Lawns: 9 lbs/1,000 sq ft
  • Overseeding: 3 lbs/1,000 sq ft
  • Planting Depth: ¼”
Germination: 8-14 days

Mowing Height: 3”
Planting Zones: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I


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.