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Grass that stays green throughout the year, even in cold weather?
You read that right!
If you’re a gardener or lawn enthusiast, you know that maintaining a lush, green lawn is laborious.
But what if we told you there’s a type of grass that requires minimal effort and can survive harsh weather conditions?
In this article, you’ll discover why Pennington grass is a game-changer for those looking for an easy-to-care-for lawn solution. You’ll learn how to grow and care for Pennington grass and how it can benefit your landscape.
What Is Pennington Grass?
Pennington grass is a cool-season grass that grows well in temperate regions.
It has a fine to medium texture and a dark green color.
It can reach up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall and form a dense, uniform turf.
Depending on your needs and preferences, you can choose from four main Pennington grass types.
- Annual ryegrass: This is a fast-growing and temporary grass for overseeding or erosion control. It dies off in hot weather and needs frequent watering and mowing.
- Perennial ryegrass: This durable, persistent grass can withstand heavy traffic and shade. It has a glossy appearance and a strong root system. It requires moderate watering and mowing.
- Kentucky bluegrass: This premium, attractive grass can create a lush and fine lawn. It has a deep blue-green color and a soft texture. It is resistant to cold and drought but susceptible to diseases and insects. It needs regular watering and mowing.
- Tall fescue: This is a tough and adaptable grass that can tolerate heat, drought, shade, and wear. It has a coarse texture and a dark green color. It is resistant to diseases and pests but prone to clumping. It needs minimal watering and mowing.
As you can see, Pennington grass has much to offer for your lawn and landscape. You just need to pick the right type for your situation.
Pennington Grass has Penkoted Technology. This patented process coats each grass seed with a layer of natural fungicide and growth stimulant. This helps the seed resist diseases, retain moisture, and germinate faster and stronger.
Growing and Caring for Pennington Grass
Now that you’re familiar with the different types of Pennington grass, let’s discuss how to grow and care for it.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started.
Prepare the Soil
Before planting Pennington Grass, you must test your soil to check its pH and nutrient levels.
You can use a soil test kit or contact your local extension office for assistance.
Based on the test results, you may need to amend your soil with lime, fertilizer, or organic matter to improve its quality and drainage.
You must also remove any weeds, rocks, or debris from the planting area and loosen the top 6 inches of soil with a rake or tiller.
Sow the Seeds
The best time to plant Pennington Grass depends on whether you choose a cool-season or a warm-season type:
- Cool-season grasses should be planted in early fall or spring when the soil temperature is between 50 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit (10-18 Celcius).
- Warm-season grasses should be planted in late spring or early summer when the soil temperature is above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius).
You can use a broadcast or drop spreader to evenly distribute the seeds over the prepared soil.
Follow the recommended seeding rate on the label of your Pennington Grass product.
Lightly rake the seeds into the soil and cover them with a thin layer of mulch or straw to retain moisture and protect them from birds.
Watering is crucial for the germination and the establishment of Pennington Grass.
You need to keep the soil moist but not soggy until the seeds sprout, which may take 7 to 21 days, depending on the grass type.
Water lightly and frequently, about two to three times a day, until the grass reaches 2 inches (5 cm) tall.
Then reduce the frequency and increase the amount of water, aiming for 1 to 1 1/4 inches (2.5-3.2 cm) per week, including rainfall.
You can use a rain gauge or a tuna can to measure how much water your lawn receives.
Water deeply and infrequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.
Fertilizing your Pennington Grass will help it grow faster, thicker, and greener.
When planting, you should apply a starter fertilizer, such as Pennington UltraGreen Starter Fertilizer 22-23-4.
The fertilizer contains phosphorus and potassium to support root development and overall growth.
Follow the application rate and instructions on the label. Afterward, you should fertilize your lawn according to its growth cycle and needs:
- Cool-season grasses should be fertilized in spring and fall
- Warm-season grasses should be fertilized every four to eight weeks during active growth.
You can use premium lawn foods such as Pennington UltraGreen lawn fertilizers which provide quick green-up and extended feeding for up to three months.
Mowing your Pennington Grass will keep it neat and healthy.
You should start mowing when your grass reaches 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall, but never remove more than one-third of the blade at a time.
This will prevent scalping and stress on your lawn.
The ideal mowing height depends on your grass type, but generally, you should mow slightly shorter in spring and fall and slightly higher in summer.
This will help shade the grassroots, reduce evaporation, and encourage deeper root growth.
You should also sharpen your mower blades regularly to avoid tearing or ripping the grass blades, which can invite diseases and pests.
Weeding your Pennington Grass will prevent unwanted plants from competing with your lawn for water, nutrients, and space.
You should prevent weeds from germinating by applying pre-emergent herbicides such as crabgrass preventers before soil temperatures reach 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 Celcius) in spring.
Control existing weeds by pulling them by hand or using post-emergent herbicides that are safe for your grass type.
Always read and follow the label directions carefully when using any herbicides.
Possible Problems With Pennington Grass
Pennington Grass is generally a hardy and resilient type of grass, but it can still face some problems that may affect its health and appearance.
Here are some common issues that may occur and how to deal with them.
Some insects, such as grubs, chinch bugs, and sod webworms, can feed on the roots or blades of Pennington Grass and cause damage or death.
Apply insecticide according to the label directions to manage the pest.
You should also monitor your lawn regularly for signs of pests, such as brown patches, wilted grass, or holes in the soil.
Some fungal diseases, such as brown patches, dollar spots, and rust, can infect Pennington Grass and cause discoloration, thinning, or wilting.
You should maintain good lawn practices, such as mowing at the right height, watering deeply and infrequently, and aerating and dethatching your lawn.
You should also apply a fungicide, if needed, according to the label directions.
Pennington Grass can somewhat tolerate drought, but prolonged dry spells can cause it to go dormant or die.
To prevent and recover from drought stress, you should water your lawn deeply and infrequently when rainfall is scarce.
You should also avoid mowing or fertilizing your lawn during drought periods.
You can also choose drought-tolerant varieties of Pennington Grass, such as Pennington Smart Seed grasses, which require up to 30% less water than ordinary grasses.
Pennington Grass can withstand cold temperatures to some extent, but sudden or severe frosts can damage or kill it.
Avoid walking or mowing your lawn when it is frozen. You should also mulch your lawn with straw or leaves to protect it from frost.
You can also choose cold-tolerant varieties of Pennington Grass, such as Kentucky bluegrass or tall fescue, which can survive winter dormancy.
Pennington Grass is a versatile and resilient type of grass that can thrive in various climates and conditions.
It can also add beauty and value to your home and garden.
By following the tips and steps in this article, you can successfully grow and care for Pennington Grass and enjoy its benefits for years.