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.
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
* DAY 21 AND DAY 28
Analysis :: At 21 days and 28 days, the plot planted with Pennington 1 Step Complete
(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
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
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.
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