Pennington 1 Step Complete :: An Experiment & Results
aka: Building Moxie Parties & Does Private Sessions . . . OR Building Moxie Take Tours & Does Experiments
As *ahem* co-conspirator Barry Morgan is set to wake (ha! he’s already up) in Amish Country, OH, I figure it was good time to do a quick follow up on my most recent manufacturer visit. Barry is visiting with the Genie Company — the makers of industry-leading garage door openers, and I am sure you will be reading more about that here soon.
But just as Barry was dotting the t’s for his trip, I received an update on a growing experiment I participated in while visiting Pennington Grass Seed in Oregon in early March.
During the visit to Pennington‘s NexGen Research Center, the group “simulated” growing grass in a small (approx. 1×1 foot) tray. We did two “plots” each. First, we used a Pennington Smart Seed™ Fescue Blend, then later, we used Pennington‘s 1-Step Complete (mulch) product.
I videoed part of that session on my phone and uploaded to our YouTube channel.
Monday this week, we got an update on our plots.
The Experiment :: The Results
With little soil preparation, we spread the pre-mixed product across our second plot. (For me, it was kinda an afterthought – I was *ahem* multi-tasking. ha!) Over the next several weeks, each plot received regular watering. Below, pics of my little pups, plus analysis courtesy of NexGen. (The pics below offer a great reference on what your own progress in planting with 1 Step Complete should look like.)
* DAY 6
Analysis :: At six days after initial seeding, there is little noticeable growth. This is as expected. During the first days of planting, it’s typical for a seed to absorb water but not swell to the point of bursting open. Depending on the variety of grass, germination is not usually visible until at least 8 days. Some turf varieties take well over 14 days to germinate.
* DAY 10 AND DAY 14
Analysis ::After 10 days, there is a high percentage of noticeable germination. This growth continued throughout the first two weeks.
Pennington® 1 Step Complete uses high-quality, pure seed varieties (it contains Pennington Smart Seed™) that have been primarily developed for their drought tolerance, but also for insect and disease resistance. An additional benefit of pure seed is thicker, fuller grass.
* DAY 21 AND DAY 28
Analysis :: At 21 days and 28 days, the plot planted with Pennington 1 Step Complete is already thick. Over time, the grass will continue to grow thick and lush, as well as establish a deep root system. A deep, thick root system is critical to long-term plant health — contributing to drought resilience, nutrient uptake and disease tolerance.
(It’s also worth noting that specialized variety mixes of Pennington 1-Step Complete™ are available. Since the mixes are customized to specific climates, Pennington has taken the guesswork out of mix selection. For a fairly list as they appear on Amazon >> Pennington 1 Step Complete Sun & Shade Mix.)
What Makes 1 Step Complete Effective?
Combination products, like Pennington‘s 1 Step Complete, provide an all-in-one solution (mulch, seed and fertilizer) and are ideal for repair-oriented applications, where a fast germination and establishment rate is desirable to fill in unsightly or dead patches with beautiful, healthy grass. (Also the reason why results came back on this half of our experiment first.)
As a combination product, 1-Step Complete™ makes it easy to patch and repair trouble areas. The mulch in the product features the same proprietary technology that hydroseeding professionals use. When watered, the professional-grade mulch forms a protective layer over the soil that helps retain moisture in the soil during the critical seed germination and establishment stage. The tackifier in the mulch also helps keep the protective layer in place so that the seed will not wash away on small hills and slopes or during rains.
These 1 Step Complete photos help showcase the speed of the patch and repair product, while the Smart Seed results (which I have yet received) will have a more direct impact on large scale new seeding or re-seeding projects. I hope to be able to provide these as I work into my own project posts . . . likely sometime at the end of May. (Update: For that Post :: Growing Grass, the Pennington Smart Seed Experiment.)
Disclosure: While companies like Pennington (and Genie for that matter) often pay for our expenses in visiting their facilities, and/or provide product for us to use and review, opinions expressed in posts are our own. I was under no obligation to post the results from this experiment, I simply felt it provides some valuable information.
Thanks for reading.
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8 thoughts on “Pennington 1 Step Complete :: An Experiment & Results”
Nice post, jb! Good to see some hands-on experimentation and reviews of results. Also reminds me that ’tis the season and I’ve got to get started with some of this growing stuff. Perhaps I will give the Pennington folks a try for some of those lawn areas where I desperately need to re-seed. ~John
That’s just we like to hear John! Truthfully — in the past I have paid little mind to the brand of seed I was using. And as I have mentioned, I have not always been successful with growing grass. Excited to give Smart Seed a go myself in the coming weeks. Cheers! ~jb
This is a very interesting experiment yet a very successful one. Now, homeowners who want to have grass area at home like an indoor garden can easily grow grass in just three weeks to one month. Furthermore, the procedures are very easy hence anyone without expert gardening skills can easily grow their desired amount of grass they want for their front yard or garden.
Sure, it grows fast after watering daily. Beautiful green. BUT, after it grew to about 5 or 6 inches I mowed it down to about 2 inches. Then the entire area turned dark brown. I’ll stick with Scotts. I wasted all my time, water and money.
Paul you know I have not witnessed anything like this at all. with Pennington’s products. 2 inches may be a little short and the dark brown of course could be caused by heat and water conditions. thanks for checking in and good luck.