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Pennington 1 Step Complete Sun and Shade Seeding Mix Review

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A quick Internet search will show that there are literally hundreds of different types of grass seed on the market today.

Each manufacturer claims that their product is better than their competition: it holds more moisture, has more seed, etc. Products introduced in the last five years are cultivated to conserve water, grow under any conditions, and require less maintenance.

Pennington One Step Complete Bare Spot Repair Grass Seed Mix For Sun & Shade Areas, 8.3 lbs
305 Reviews
Pennington One Step Complete Bare Spot Repair Grass Seed Mix For Sun & Shade Areas, 8.3 lbs
  • Repairs bare spots in two weeks or less.
  • Everything you need to grow lush, thick grass is pre-mixed and ready to use.
  • Combination of premium Smart Seed grass seed, professional-grade fertilizer, and mulch.
  • Thrives in sunny to moderately shady lawns (needs 4 to 8 hours of daily sun).

These are lofty claims, but are they accurate? Each lawn and yard has its own set of unique needs, so how do you know which product you should choose?

Pennington 1 Step Complete Sun and Shade is, hands down, one of the best combination seed and fertilizer/mulch products on the market today.

It is a premium blend of perennial ryegrass and fertilizer.

Read on to find out more about what this product has to offer!

Pros

  • Pennington offers a 60 day guarantee on their 1 Step Complete Sun and Shade Mulch. If you are not satisfied with the growth you see in your yard, they will refund your money – no questions asked.
  • The grass seed included in this mixture is Pennington’s patented grass seed that has been treated with their exclusive Penkote technology to ensure better plant growth.
  • Pennington guarantees that bare spots will be repaired in two weeks or less.

Cons

  • Users have heartily disliked the fact that this mixture only contains 15% grass seed, which resulted in patchy grass growth.

Review

Pennington 1 Step is designed to take the guesswork out of growing a lush green lawn.

In addition to Pennington’s premium Smart Seed grass, this mixture is packed with professional grade mulch and fertilizer. Because everything is premixed, it is an ideal product for repairing or patching problem areas in your yard.

Using the Sun and Shade mulch is a simple, straightforward process. The top layer of soil on your lawn should be loosened. Dead grass or other yard debris should be removed, and the ground should be raked smooth.

On the areas where grass growth is desired, the seed mix should be laid down approximately ½ an inch thick. The mulch will then need to be watered. When it is wet, it will turn a dark green in color.

Pros have stressed the importance of ensuring that this mixture receives enough water. It will need to be kept moist. If the mulch becomes light green in color, this means that it requires more water.

Perennial ryegrass, the primary grass seed used in this mixture, has a high rate of sun and shade tolerance. It has a fine texture, and when mature, has an attractive medium to dark green hue. It can be successfully used in all climate zones.

Pennington recommends planting this mulch in early fall or early spring. In most instances, users saw germination and growth begin to appear within 7 to 10 days. The grass should not be mowed until it is at least 3 inches in height.

Thanks for Reading!

If you do not mind doing the prep work, the Pennington 1 Step Complete Sun and Shade Mulch could be the right product for your lawn.

Pennington One Step Complete Bare Spot Repair Grass Seed Mix For Sun & Shade Areas, 8.3 lbs
305 Reviews
Pennington One Step Complete Bare Spot Repair Grass Seed Mix For Sun & Shade Areas, 8.3 lbs
  • Repairs bare spots in two weeks or less.
  • Everything you need to grow lush, thick grass is pre-mixed and ready to use.
  • Combination of premium Smart Seed grass seed, professional-grade fertilizer, and mulch.
  • Thrives in sunny to moderately shady lawns (needs 4 to 8 hours of daily sun).

Although users have had mixed experiences with it, there are many factors that could account for their dissatisfaction. With its affordable price point, this product makes an ideal choice to being experimenting with.


Author: Matt Hagens

Matt Hagens

Hi, I’m Matt the owner of Yard Care Life. I love to be outside working on my lawn, planning my next project. I created this website to help people like you find the best products for yard care and great advice. Learn more about me and find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

6 thoughts on “Pennington 1 Step Complete Sun and Shade Seeding Mix Review”

  1. I tried the Pennington onestep for Bermuda grass and nothing came up. Very disappointed. Not only did I lightly water three times a day for three weeks, the sun shined every single day.

  2. very disappointed in one step. seed did not germinated and when I called to report did not get satisfaction..

    • Sorry to hear – there are so many factors that go into why a seed doesn’t germinate, it can be hard to diagnose.

  3. Used three bags of the expensive Sun and Shade seeds after using a tiller to loosen the soil, raked it down, planted the seed and watered to keep the seeds wet as instructed. Grass is patchy and thin after 6 weeks. So very disappointed. Plus I purchased the patch repair with the same bad results.

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