A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: The Way I Like Grass

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22 April 2013

The Way I Like Grass

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This post is chock full of DIY Gardening information sponsored (but not influenced) by Pennington Seed.  It's more than an ad, yo!

Before we jump right into grass , I wanted to give you a heads up about what is coming up this week on the Nest:

Today we are talking about the LAWN and the way I like to keep our grass green, as well as kicking off a giveaway for a $50 AMEX card!

The contest will end on May 10th, and between now and then we are going to be talking about "The Way I Like It" and the way YOU like it!  We're getting all opinionated over here (as gardeners do :)  I hope you come back each day full of opinions ready to share!

On to the grass though...

If you look in the photo above, you will see our back lawn in summer.  nice and green and lush and ready to soak up that giant rainstorm that is coming in from the West.  That very same lawn in spring?

Brown as brown can be.

Now most of you are probably thing - who cares?!  Everyone has brown grass in the spring, right?  Well....no.  In late winter, the grass is brown everywhere, but it starts to green up as soon as the rains start.  The rest of our yard is a wonderful grass and weed blend and turns lush almost immediately, but this nice grass takes a good long while.

So why do you like it?

Here is why!  The grass is a drought resistant variety that will hold up well during our long, hot summers.  It is beautifully thick and feels like carpet underfoot all summer long and is the asolute PERFECT grass for picnics and croquet (yeah, we actually do that, but we don't get all proper and British or anything...just backyard casual ;)

So if the grass is so nice, why is it only on that one section?

Good question!  This grass is perfect for this space, but like I said, early spring is it's "ugly" time.   I don't like this grass in my front yard because you drive down the street in spring, excited all the new growth and you see lawn after lawn of green, green, green, green, BROWN.  Yeah, you don't want to be that lawn.  It just kind of makes your house look stale, you know?

Consider the benefits AND the downfalls of the grass seed you pick.  Do your research and THINK AHEAD!

Why do you even want a drought resistant grass?

Glad you asked.  I am not a crunchy granola Earth nut, but I am definitely a concious gardener and I try to be reasonable about our family's waste.  While I won't hesitate to take a good, long, hot bath when I need one, I don't want to waste untold numbers of gallons just to water the lawn every year.  Why?

· In 2012, the U.S. experienced the hottest year on record and two-thirds of the country faced drought—the most ever experienced.
· Thirty-six states anticipate continued local, regional or statewide water shortages, even under non-drought conditions.
· Did you know: Americans spend on average 73 hours a year maintaining their lawns—watering being a main focus of time and energy.
· Depending on their region, homeowners use between 30%-70% of their water outdoors.
· Lawns require approximately 1 inch of water per week to stay green in the summer, which equates to about 2,500 gallons of water per week to keep an average-sized lawn green.
· Up to 50% of the water used outdoors is wasted due to inefficient watering methods and maintenance practices.

Not cool, eh?  The solution?  Well, it starts with the grass you choose,  can change when you change your water habits and you know what?  Sometimes allowing a bit of the native weeds in to help green things up is NOT a bad thing for your lawn.  Here's the low down:

-- Pennington Smart Seed remains green for up to three weeks without water and requires up to 30 percent less water year after year versus ordinary seed.

-- By utilizing a high-quality seed that requires less water and contains no filler, lawns are more resilient and easier to maintain.

-- Pennington Smart Seed comes in both traditional variety blends/mixes, as well as specialized mixes that are customized to specific regional climates. (They have a Pennsylvania mix!)


Now on to my picks from the line:

I clearly am a fan of the Pennyslvania mix.  HELLO!  It is created for my STATE!

I am also loving this Pennington One-Step mix with mulch and fertilizer because it means planting grass seed is sprinkle and DONE.

The products just go on and on -- one for Southern regions, a mix for sun AND shade, a deep shade mix.  Whatever situation you have going on in your lawn, there is a seed mix for you that will require LESS water!

NOW.  After you get your grass seed, you will want a nice cool drink and I have you covered with both!  Enter our giveaway for a $50 AMEX card and you can pick up that bucket of grass seed and dinner out at your local Mexicana restaurant on the way home.  Win, win, eh?

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Want another chance to win a little $$$?  I have ANOTHER $50 giveaway running HERE!

Want to learn more?  Join Pennington here!

Make sure you come back tomorrow and the rest of this week as we dive into some opinions about some pretty little yellow flowers, the way people drink and my very strong feelings about a certain room in the house!  

Then you get to tell ME
the way YOU like it!

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Christi Monday, April 22, 2013  

Your lawn is beautiful... we have that kind of grass in our front & side yards, and you're right. It is feeling pretty drab out there by the time it starts to green up! Pennington is headquartered in our home town of Madison, GA! :-)

MaMa Monday, April 22, 2013  

I'd love to try that grass seed from Pennington. We usually need some in the shady part of our yard. Nice photos! Especially love the daffidols.

Kim @ seven thirty three Monday, April 22, 2013  

I live in VT and the snow has just gone away so we have brown with a spattering of green... though I'm seeing the green creeping in more and more. Can't wait!

Thomas Monday, April 22, 2013  

Is your backyard Zoysia grass?

Kelly Monday, April 22, 2013  

I think we have the same kind of grass. Ours is green right now, but it's the WEEDS that are really thriving! :)

Kelly @ View Along the Way

Amy Renea Monday, April 22, 2013  

Hi Thomas - It is a form of Zoysia, but I don't know the particulars, (planted by previous homeowners) so I didn't want to give exact names :)

Christi - I love supporting American companies, don't you? We are in the backyard of the Hershey corp and love them!! Kim, Kelly, and Mama - THANK YOU for stopping by and commenting and I am totally with you hoping for more GREEN!

Carrie Roer Monday, April 22, 2013  

Our lawn is mostly brown right now, with some green starting to pop up. But our lawn desperately needs help (I've said so for years...), and a lot of our neighbors' yards are getting nice and green. Of course the inches and inches of rain and flooding we've had over the last week have helped that!

JC Monday, April 22, 2013  

Brownish and most of them are still covered by snow.

Mami2jcn Monday, April 22, 2013  

My grass is half green half yellow.

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Elena Monday, April 22, 2013  

My grass is green

Lisa Brown Monday, April 22, 2013  

Our grass is green with some brown areas from the winter.

Lisa Brown Monday, April 22, 2013  

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Tammy S Tuesday, April 23, 2013  

Our grass is green. Lots of rain has helped.

Brenda Tuesday, April 23, 2013  

My grass is green, gotta love living in California!

ellen b Tuesday, April 23, 2013  


1froglegs Wednesday, April 24, 2013  

My grass is a nice rich green because I winterize in the fall and have already fertilized this season.

Jo Ricker Wednesday, April 24, 2013  

My grass is green...though there are some bare patches that need reseeded.

Amy S. Thursday, April 25, 2013  

My grass is white...totally covered in snow still. Amanda S.

MamaStace Thursday, April 25, 2013  

My lawn is green!


MamaStace Thursday, April 25, 2013  

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Amy Orvin Thursday, April 25, 2013  

Our grass is green, but some is a little yellow.


Amy Orvin Thursday, April 25, 2013  

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Amye Gumbinner Friday, April 26, 2013  

The grass is green . Thank you!

Vivacious Ramsey Friday, April 26, 2013  

livivua chandler
my yard is green

home(re)made Saturday, April 27, 2013  

Our grass in Kansas City is green all year! Even under the snow! I love forsythia and tea, by the way! Enjoying your blog!

Kim D. Sunday, April 28, 2013  

some part are green and some yellow

StephanieC Sunday, April 28, 2013  

green! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Tj and Amy Monday, April 29, 2013  

Its green with some yellow spots. amypugmire@live.com

Rebecca Shockley Monday, April 29, 2013  

Brownish yellow!

Jenny Piirto Tuesday, April 30, 2013  

I would love some grass seed. We planted a rocky mountain mix a few years ago that was an epic fail. Who knew it wouldn't work for Idaho? The back half of our yard has a few bare spots now. But, we are all thatched and ready to go!

Courtnie Miller Tuesday, April 30, 2013  

Green with yellow and brown patches.

Allison Wednesday, May 01, 2013  

mostly green

Tian Ayubi Thursday, May 02, 2013  

Green and so pretty!

Claudia N Thursday, May 02, 2013  

The lawn is green where I live.

Claudia N Thursday, May 02, 2013  

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Courtney B Friday, May 03, 2013  

its kind of green :)

♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ Friday, May 03, 2013  

green is our grass :)
Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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akronugurl Saturday, May 04, 2013  

my grass is green!


skkorman Sunday, May 05, 2013  

All of the rain here is making it green-up, finally!

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skkorman Sunday, May 05, 2013  

All of the rain here is making it green-up, finally!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

bigvincec Sunday, May 05, 2013  

very green

sonyamorris (Sonya Morris) Wednesday, May 08, 2013  

Very green.

MANDY83 Thursday, May 09, 2013  

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Thomas Murphy Thursday, May 09, 2013  

its green

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