Lawn & Garden Care: How-To Bring Life Back to Your Lawn- The Easy Way! PLUS $50 American Express Giveaway (Sponsored Partnership With Pennington Smart Seed)

I’m a sponsored blog partner with Pennington and participated in their Smart Seed Program that I am so excited to share with you!

(See disclosure at the bottom) I have a terrible black thumb! Seriously I struggle with keeping our yard looking nice. After the drought over the past year my poor yard is so sad. I decided last week that this is the perfect time to get out side and give it some TLC. The weather is in the 70-80 degree range and the sun is shining. I know that it won’t be long till we cross over into the 100 degree days so I need to enjoy this while I can.

Don’t you love the brands that are there to help people like us that are not pros? I am specifically referring to people like me that need a lot of help! I will spend a little more on a product if it will make my life easier. But I really love it when I find an affordable brand that makes things easier for me! That is why I am excited to share Pennington Smart Seed with you. How To - Pennnington Smart Seed

After researching lawn care products I was drawn to Pennington. Here are the top 3 facts that helped me determine why I wanted to try Pennington Smart Seed:

  1. 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.
  2. By utilizing a high-quality seed that requires less water and contains no filler, lawns are more resilient and easier to maintain.
  3. Each seed in Pennington Smart Seed is enhanced with Pennington’s exclusive MYCO Advantage seed technology—introducing beneficial micro-organisms that attach themselves to the emerging seed roots for denser, deeper roots.

Watering is something that takes a lot of time and energy. Does your lawn suffer because you are trying to save time and water (money)? Mine does! That is another reason I was drawn to Pennington Smart Seed. Check this out!

Fast Facts: Drought, Water Use & Your Yard

  1. In 2012, the U.S. experienced the hottest year on record and two-thirds of the country faced drought—the most ever experienced.
  2. Thirty-six states anticipate continued local, regional or statewide water shortages, even under non-drought conditions.
  3. Did you know: Americans spend on average 73 hours a year maintaining their lawns—watering being a main focus of time and energy.
  4. 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.  (WOW!)

You can see why I was excited to give Pennington Smart Seed a try on my yard. We went to Lowes and found a great selection of the product. It was so affordable that I even got some extras like a bird feeder, bird seed and outdoor umbrella for the patio table. Since I have completely bare areas as well as areas that need some help coming back to life I purchased the fertilizer and smart seed bags. Then went home and got to work. (Seriously thought this was not much work!)

Pennington How To

Ready for Lawn & Garden Care Tips? Here is my (EASY) “How To Bring Life Back To Your Yard” How-To Guide:

    1. Mow your yard (Or ask your husband to)
    2. Rack area to prepare the ground
    3. Spread Pennington Fertilizer in the areas you are reseeding or over seeding. (I recommend a seed spreader. The bag includes the correct speed to use in the spreader.)
    4. Spread the Pennington Smart Seed
    5. Rake the area
    6. Water the area
    7. Keep it moist until you see your seedlings appear
    8. Enjoy and water as needed

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$50 American Express Giveaway

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Central Garden & Pet partnered with bloggers such as me to help educate us all about their Pennington products. As part of this program, I received compensation. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the use of the products. Central Garden & Pet believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Central Garden & Pet’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. A winner will be chosen by random and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.

  • Claire

    Talk to your plants! LOL

  • Tracy Robertson

    My best tip is to water the lawn early in the day (before the sun comes up if possible) I have heard that makes the lawn get the most out of the alloted water.

  • Harmony B

    Use newspaper as a weed block. Keeps weeds out all season

  • Heather Hayes Panjon

    Remove Weeds Often For A Healthy Garden !

  • kymi a

    I rinse/wash my rice before cooking and I use the water from the Rice rinse to water the plants it a natural feed.

  • Mary Happymommy

    Get your kids involved!

  • rebecca shockley

    Don’t over water or flood

  • Tara

    use vinegar to kill weeds.

  • Laura Jacobson

    Oh this is going to be my first year with a vegetable garden! I am so excited! So, I dont have any tips, but my mom has told me when I boil my vegetables to save the water…and once its cool to put it on my flower pots. She says they love it!

  • Barbara Montag

    My best tip – keep up with the weeding so it doesn’t become such a chore.
    Thank you.

  • Elena

    Keep your plants watered, don’t let them dry out

  • Lisa Brown

    Lawn Tip: For healthy grass, adjust your soil’s pH.

  • Amy Orvin

    Fertilize often for bigger blooms and lusher grass

  • Sarah L

    Use good tools, gloves, and a knee pad.
    Thanks for the contest.

  • steph

    hire help :)

  • Jennifer Marie

    Keep the grass well hydrated.

  • Kim D.

    Buy good soil and compost for your plants.

  • Carolsue

    All I can think of is to water early in the morning or early evening when it isn’t too hot

  • courtney b

    lots of fertilizer works great

  • Tabathia B

    use chamomile tea to control damping-off fungus

  • David

    My favorite tip is too not mow my grass too short. I never mow below level 4 on my mower. My neighbors mow at level one so they only have to mow once a month, and their lawns look horrible.

  • Jessica To

    My tip is to mulch around trees and shrubs. It makes your yard look good and it makes it easier to mow around.

  • amy rouse

    always water late at night or early in the morning never in the heat of the day

  • Amanda Sakovitz

    My tip is to remove weeds as quickly as possible on a regular basis

  • Thomas Murphy

    Don’t forget to water!

  • Tian A.

    My favorite tip is use chamomile tea to control damping-off fungus.

  • Jessie C.

    Sart small and grow weed-less

  • Cassandra Eastman

    Make sure what you’re planting works with your yard, some plants love sun some love shade!

  • wendy rozema

    to water your yard daily in the morning early

  • Jill H

    Use Listerine to kill bugs.

  • Sonya Morris

    I am intrigued by the comment to use Listerine to kill bug…I will be googling that!
    I have no tips! I leave it to my husband to worry about!

  • Jennifer Young

    We like to start some of our garden plants a few weeks early indoors

  • Julie Cutshaw

    As much as we all want our lawns mowed short & often to look great, it is a great idea at least once a month to let the grass grow tall enough to go to seed, so when when you mow it and throw the seed from the tall grass cuttings back onto its self as you mow, it serves as seed to fill in and enrich the grass to grow thicker and fill in the bare places

  • Julie

    don’t cut your grass to short

  • amy pugmire

    Water and fertilize

  • Don’t mow the grass too short cause the weeds will have more space to grow

  • Louis

    water only in the early morning or evening
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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  • Courtnie

    Don’t just pull weeds, use weed killer too.