the science of seeds

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Welcome to Transformation Thursday! It’s the one day of the week we all get together to celebrate getting stuff done. No matter if you’ve been coming around for months (or years), or this is your very first transformation rodeo – everyone is welcome to link up your projects at the bottom of this post.

how to have a pretty lawn Last week I took a trip to Portland, courtesy of Pennington Seed. Now I’ll be the first to tell ya, I don’t know nothin’ about no seeds. The redneck in me says “If it’s in my yard and it grows green then it’s grass”, right? Well turns out I was 99 kinds of wrong. Apparently there’s some serious science behind creating the perfect grass seed.
Pennington Grass Seed Logo I know, I know, you don’t really want to see a sponsored post on Transformation Thursday, but bear with me ‘cause this stuff is really kinda cool. I learned so much from the folks at Pennington Seed that completely transformed the way I think about having a beautiful (& environmentally friendly) lawn.  As one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of lawn, garden and turf care products in the
world, Pennington Seed, Inc. invited me and other bloggers to take part in a unique experimental opportunity to gain a behind-the-scene perspective on grass seed, so there was a lot to learn.

The three best tips I learned? Well funny you should ask 🙂
soil test kit First – you need to test your soil. Yep, get a little geeky with it! This will tell you all kinds of good stuff – like if your soil is too acidic or not acidic enough. This is where you tap into that part of your brain that your chemistry teacher infected. All that stuff you never thought you’d never in a million years use – that part. If you read the directions, it will tell you exactly where you need to be.
There were some questions on Facebook & even on my post about going to Pennington last week – and it turns out that moss & a lot of other issues can all be solved by testing your soil. Oh – and did you know that it’s a total DIY project now? Yep, it sure is!
round up
Second – once you have the ground work done (haha – I made a punny!), then you need to tackle the bad stuff. You know, the dandelions, clover, wild onions…. all those “green” things that aren’t grass. The Pennington crew tells me that the best product to battle the bad is Round Up – in fact it’s what they use on their own farms.
Smart Seed Sun & Shade 3lb Third – the seeds you buy now ain’t your grandma’s seeds. Well maybe they are if your grandma is buying seeds these days…. but you get the drift.
better grass seeds Today’s seeds are the direct result of decades of research to make them grow greener for longer with less water – much less water. Pennington’s Smart Seed uses up to 30% less water – which saves the typical homeowner $150 per year.  More technically – every bag of Pennington Smart Seed™ contains pure seed and no filler or heavy coating. The benefit of the pure seed is grass that is more resistant to disease, insects and drought. Pretty snazzy, huh?
pennington one step Pennington Seed even has a nifty product that will seed & mulch for you in one step – and – bonus – you will get a full growth in 4 weeks! It works best for small patches, so if you have a little spot in your yard that’s kinda bald, it’s just what you need. 
I know there’s a TON of other questions, and I’ll get some more of them answered in a couple of days – but I just wanted to share a little of what I learned 🙂

Disclosure Statement: Pennington Seed, Inc. and their parent company Central Garden & Pet partnered with bloggers such as me to help educate us all about grass seed. As part of this program, I received compensation and was hosted by the company for a kickoff event. 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.

And, as promised – here are the top 3 projects from last week: 

home made cabinet
1: A beautiful cabinet makeover by home made 2: Strawberry themed birthday party (too cute!) by Desperate Craftwives & 3: Fabulous laundry room make over by Start at Home

Remember – to be featured you must link back to the party in your post (a text link is a-ok). You can still link up on a party page or sidebar, but to be highlighted you must include the link in your post.

SCCPostSig Spring Sooooooo……. whatcha got? I wanna see – and so does everybody else! Please put your PERMALINK into the linky – and link back here so everyone can find all the great ideas. Please, please, PLEASE – pretty please DO NOT LINK TO A SHOP!!! Be sure to visit your neighbors and have fun – it is a party after all. *Please note: If you link up you are giving me permission to use your photos on my blog without contacting you (don’t worry, it’s only to show off your beautiful stuff!)* Welllllllll…………. Let’er rip, tater chip!

About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Thank you for hosting, Gina!! I don’t know how my link ended up there two times…but it won’t let me delete it. :s Do you mind deleting it for me?? Thank you!!! 🙂

  2. Oooo–never mind. I guess it did work. 🙂

  3. Thanks for hosting Gina! Love your catalog.

  4. My hubs is a seeding fanatic – 4 times a year, he’s out doing his lawn thing!

  5. Thank you for hosting! Have a great evening. Megan

  6. Thanks LOTS for hosting!!! XO, Aimee

  7. Thanks for the tips, and for hosting.

  8. I really enjoyed your post about the seeds. Our lawn could use a little help…although I do love the “flowers” that my two sweet boys pick for me out of it! Nothing like a dandelion hand picked by a sticky fingered little toddler to bring some sunshine in to your day!

    Blessings, Grace

  9. Thank you for hosting!

  10. Thank you so much for hosting! I linked up a “How To Transform Your Blog” spoof.
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  11. Thanks for hosting — I think I’ll make my husband read this stuff about the grass. We have crabgrass! Or weeds or something.

  12. Wow, love all the green linked up!! Thanks for hosting again this week 🙂

  13. Thanks for hosting the party, Gina!

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  14. Thank you for hosting! Have a great day!

  15. thanks for hosting. have a great day!

  16. Thank you, Thank you , Thank you, for featuring my Laundry room!!!


  17. thanks miss gina for throwing yet another FABULOUS party!!! hugs…

  18. It looks like you had a lot of information from the Portland trip. Well worth it I would say! Thanks for doing the host thing…even though I haven’t ever joined a linky party I am always scouring them for new blogs/ideas! xo Diana

  19. Good morning and happy Thrusday. As always, thank you, thank you, thank you, for hosting!

  20. Thanks for hosting the linky party! Today, I linked up one post with several recipes for Homemade Household Green Cleaners. I hope you enjoy! Have a great week!

  21. I always look forward to your party! Thanks for hosting 🙂
    Heather @

  22. Thanks for hosting 🙂

  23. Hi Gina!

    You shared some great info. Hopefully my grass will look better this year.

    Thanks for hosting this fun party!

    xoxo Bunny Jean

  24. Gina, I think your sponsors are LUCKY to be here. Your posts are so well-written that I don’t care if they’re sponsored posts or not! 🙂

    Thanks so much for hosting. I’ve linked up a fun little spring wreath I created.

  25. Gina,
    Thanks so much for hosting. Now I’m off to look at the wonderful projects folks have been up to.

  26. Hi Gina, I’m not going to link up anything today because as a Master Gardener I can’t have any association with the lawn methods promoted on this post. I’m sure it all in good intention, but in my area thankfully “weed and feed” type products are all banned from use by law, to protect the environment from the long term damage that they cause.

    There are a lot of great websites out there that share information on lawn reform, without the use of chemical pesticides which pollute our soil and ground water.

    Personally, I have very little lawn, but I do have some for the dogs and kids to play on. I manage that by building healthy soil, overseeding every year and accepting that a few weeds here and there are better than the alternative.

    Have a wonderful week and thanks for letting me share the other side of the story.


  27. OK, now I need to stop making things and go out and take care of my lawn! Thank you very much for hosting!

  28. Thanks for the linky party!!! I’m your newest follower as well! Come stop by and say hi! I also have a $50 Home Depot Giveaway going on right now 🙂 make sure to enter

  29. Thank you for hosting this great party! I going to check some these fabulous links!

  30. Thanks for this info on the grass, Gina. I subscribe to you via email, and I’m going to save the info to remember later. I have dense shade, and I think one of the above products would be great for me. I only hope I can find Pennington… I haven’t heard about it before now, but I will look.

  31. Hi Gina, thanks so much for hosting such a great party.

  32. Hi, Gina

    Thank you for hosting. Have a great weekend.


  33. Hi Gina,
    Thank you for hosting! I too like Stevie from Garden Therapy also live in an area (BC, Canada) that has prohibited the use of such chemicals that are considered highly toxic to our environment.
    I like pretty green grass…but not at the expense of poisoning the very ground I walk on. I would ask that people look into alternative methods for weed control. May I suggest a small blow torch (available at any home center) and a bucket of water 🙂 It’s a very effective method of killing off weeds.
    Please be mindful of using chemicals especially if you have pets, children, or grow your own food 🙂 Otherwise, your article about seeds was great! I’ll be back again next week to party!

  34. I must echo the comments of those against using toxic chemicals. Round-Up has been shown to be very toxic to humans, animals, food, the soil and the water system – much too high a price to pay for a “perfect” lawn. Natural methods are the safest and only way to go.

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