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Green All Over

Free time in the summer should be spent enjoying the outdoors, not mowing the lawn or dragging sprinklers around the yard. If you love a green lawn but dread the maintenance, check out Pearl’s Premium grass seed. It was developed by environmentalist Jackson Madnick, who spent six years researching lawns that grow slowly, require less water and don’t need chemical fertilizers to thrive. You’ll be able to give your lawnmower and sprinklers a rest since a lawn grown from Madnick’s seed mix needs mowing less frequently (as little as once a month) and develops 12-inch roots, making it drought-tolerant during dry summer months. After the lawn is established, it won’t need regular watering, says Madnick, who so far has tested his seed blend in the Northeast U.S. region. The result is a lawn that’s not only low maintenance but also good for the environment. You can conserve water, cut back on the fossil fuel burned by your lawnmower, and avoid chemical fertilizers that wind up seeping into storm drains and infiltrating water supplies. If that sounds like your idea of a great lawn, start preparing now. September is the time to plant grass seed, so come summertime you’ll have a strong, healthy lawn. Pearl’s Premium makes it easy to go green – in more ways than one.

Pearl's Premium

Ultra Low Maintenance Lawn Seed

Green All Over

Free time in the summer should be spent enjoying the outdoors, not mowing the lawn or dragging sprinklers around the yard. If you love a green lawn but dread the maintenance, check out Pearl’s Premium grass seed. It was developed by environmentalist Jackson Madnick, who spent six years researching lawns that grow slowly, require less water and don’t need chemical fertilizers to thrive. You’ll be able to give your lawnmower and sprinklers a rest since a lawn grown from Madnick’s seed mix needs mowing less frequently (as little as once a month) and develops 12-inch roots, making it drought-tolerant during dry summer months. After the lawn is established, it won’t need regular watering, says Madnick, who so far has tested his seed blend in the Northeast U.S. region. The result is a lawn that’s not only low maintenance but also good for the environment. You can conserve water, cut back on the fossil fuel burned by your lawnmower, and avoid chemical fertilizers that wind up seeping into storm drains and infiltrating water supplies. If that sounds like your idea of a great lawn, start preparing now. September is the time to plant grass seed, so come summertime you’ll have a strong, healthy lawn. Pearl’s Premium makes it easy to go green – in more ways than one.
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  • Jackson
    Jackson

    For the past 8 years, I've been interested in lawns that took less time, water, and money. I also looked for options that didn't need chemical fertilizer because I wanted to protect children, animals, and the environment. My concerns came from my mother Pearl, who gave me my appreciation for the environment and a concern about the effects of some chemicals. When I could not find a low maintenance lawn grass that was also soft and looked good, I started to research options for a beautiful lawn without all the health risks of lawn care and maintenance.

    Then my young daughter (named after my mother, Pearl) asked me, "Daddy, what is the best (lawn) grass in the world?" Because I didn't have an answer, I decided to step up my research to find a lawn solution to protect her and other children from lawn chemicals and to lessen the use of water and runoff into our surface and drinking waters.

    This led me to find three PhDs from the National Turf Evaluation Program who are professors at major agricultural universities. They worked with me to narrow down a mix of special native and adaptive seeds. After more research and testing, this has evolved into the unique deep root and very slow growth properties of Pearl's Premium. This is an easy grass to install over your existing grass and does not require tearing up your lawn.

    Over 2,000 Pearl's Premium lawns and 22 articles and rave reviews agree.

    I want to thank the "Daily Grommet" for featuring this unique patent-pending, breakthrough lawn product. This is an opportunity to have a really "green" lawn that saves you dramatic amounts of time, money, and water; it also lessens your carbon footprint and protects the health of your family, animals, and the earth. I hope you can take advantage of this one-day, first-time offer to save on the $9 shipping and handling per 5 pound bag of seeds. I look forward to reading your comments today and am happy to answer questions.

  • John
    John
    9/1/2009 12:05 PM

    I'm looking out over my front lawn right now. Its all Pearl's Premium and looks great! The best think about it - besides zero chemicals - is that the grass is really thick and soft. My golden, Gracie, is lying on it right now, soaking up the sun! I'm delighted to recommend this product.

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    9/1/2009 12:21 PM

    My sister seeded her lawn this spring with pearls premium and it looks great, they had recently renovated their home and the lawn needed replacing after being damaged by heavy equipment - my brother in law is very pleased that he has only had to mow it once since it grows so slowly and it looks great!

  • Samantha Woods
    Samantha Woods
    9/1/2009 12:28 PM

    This grass seed represents some of the best qualities that we look for in helping to conserve our water resources. Thus the NSRWA through Greenscapes - an educational program that we run to help people understand how to protect our water resources through sustainable landscaping practices has sold this product to homeowners on the South Shore of Massachusetts. We have heard nothing but good feedback from those who have purchased it and planted it. The NSRWA, a nonprofit watershed association, does receive a small donation for every bag that we sell to help fund our Greenscapes program.

  • trish
    trish
    9/1/2009 12:35 PM

    After I moved into my house, I realized I was not a gardener. Thankfully my yard is mostly behind a fence :). I put Pearl's Premium down a year ago Memorial Day weekend after putting some lime down and a bit of top soil. Here it is over a year later, and I have a wonderful lawn that didn't require much attention. I have mowed it only twice and see fewer weeds coming up this year. This Fall I will do the other side of my yard. How wonderful to have a nice looking yard with little time, effort or resources spent.

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    9/1/2009 12:42 PM

    We visited a local home that has the Pearl's Premium grass and it looked and felt so lush and soft. The grass needs to grow at least 3" for it to work and this was just a breath taking lawn and garden! Keep in mind that this lawn seed is meant to be planted from as far north as Canada to as far south as Washington DC. Jackson is working on another seed that will work better in the warmer-year-round weather experienced in the south (although, many customers are using this seed in the south since they are adamant about using something more environmentally conscious). We know that Jackson is on to something very BIG with this lawn seed that once adopted by more and more households has the opportunity to make quite an impact on nationwide water use and mowing. Who wouldn't want to conserve more water, money & time while decreasing our carbon footprint?

  • Wendy
    Wendy
    9/1/2009 12:44 PM

    Jackson --Please remind us why September is the best month of the year to plant your lawn seed?

  • Katherine
    Katherine
    9/1/2009 1:20 PM

    This is incredible! How much coverage do you get per bag?

  • sarah
    sarah
    9/1/2009 1:34 PM

    Sounds great. We have a German Shepherd and his urine burns out parts of our lawn. Does your seed do better than regular grass with this problem. Also, should we be keeping our dog and kids off of the lawn during the full month of watering/establishment?

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 1:44 PM

    Nature intended September and the first week of October to be when you overseed or start a new lawn! September is the best time to plant because you have no weed competition, it rains often, nights are cooler and soil temperatures are between 70 - 50 degrees F the perfect temperature to sprout grass seeds. All in all, perfect growing conditions for grass! Nature intended for grass to grow all summer, drop it seeds around now and start to grow a new lush wonderful lawn.

    An average Lawn started this time of year will have 3-6 inch deep roots by next summer. A Pearl's Premium lawn started in the next month will grow 12 inch roots over the next year, to be able to survive on just the rain, dew and mist by next summer, to be much lower maintenance. Also,a lawn over-seeded this time of year helps to shade out the weed seeds sitting on the top of the soil so fewer hatch or sprout next June. Planting Pearl's Premium thickly this time of year and you can then go from a lawn mostly crabgrass this year to a better looking, healthy, minimal crab grass lawn next summer and out-compete most of the weeds. Hope you can take advantage of this one day only sale to save almost 25 % off with the free shipping

  • John
    John
    9/1/2009 1:45 PM

    Sarah - our Gracie does occassionally relieve herself on the lawn (despite our best efforts at training!). since i planted the Pearl's Premium, i've notice the burn spots much less. there still there but the grass is much thicker and longer. keeping it at 3+ inches not only reduces the weeds but also hides the pees!

  • Leslie
    Leslie
    9/1/2009 1:47 PM

    This sounds great - I'm going to tell all my landscape architect friends about it! Will shade seed grow in deep shade?

  • sarah
    sarah
    9/1/2009 1:49 PM

    Thanks.-- And should the dog and kids be kept of the lawn while the seed is establishing and, if so, for how long?

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    9/1/2009 1:55 PM

    Katherine -- a 5lb bag should cover 1,000 square feet.

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 1:58 PM

    One 5 pound bag will cover 1000 sq feet in a normal concentration for shady areas. However, for sunny areas it is better to seed a little thicker and to use one 5 pound bag to cover 800 square feet to shade the soil and prevent many of the weeds and most crab grass, (if you cut 3+ inches tall) without having to resort to harmful chemicals. It is really quite economical when you consider that the seed has a one week pay back on the cost of the seeds from all the savings. .

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    9/1/2009 2:10 PM

    Jackson--we have a totally shade covered strip of yard between our house and the neighbors'. Even sod has never taken off in that area. I have given up, basically, on having lawn there and assume it is just not physically possible for any seed to take. (I was planning to lay down stone pavers this fall.) Have you had Pearl's Premium work in such tough-luck situations? (I am not trying to challenge you to make impossible promises....just to lay odds before I lay down the cash and work.)

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 2:10 PM

    Yes, kids and dogs should keep off the grass for a month while it is getting established. Your can always rope off an area for your dog that you can plant next season or walk him or her down the street. Your dog and kids will love this healthier grass. If you have to walk across it- no problem, just throw down a little seed in the spring to repair any minor damage.

  • Stuart
    Stuart
    9/1/2009 2:21 PM

    I am travelling in France now, but glad to hear the discussion about Pearl's Premium. It sounds great.

    Has it been tried outside the USA? Can I recommend it to friends here?

  • Laura
    Laura
    9/1/2009 2:26 PM

    We live in central New Jersey, where the soil is basically clay. How well does Pearl's Premium get established when the soil is very dense? Even when it's constantly wet, I've had trouble getting any kind of grass established after the soil is disturbed.

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 2:27 PM

    Jules, this is very good grass not miracle grass, in that it will grow in lower light conditions and deep shade than most grass but not grow in deep, deep, deep shade. If you have or know anyone with a light meter, have them take an incident light reading at the "brightest" time of day and I can tell you the likely hood of survival before you plant a lawn. There have been many people who have never had a lawn or just moss due to low light level and they now have grass with our shade mix of Pearl's Premium seeds...and of course a few places where it was just too dark and did not work. But a bag of this seed is sure a lot cheaper to try out and less work than putting down bricks or pavers and the worms will thank you. And you will be producing oxygen and making your yard "greener" in many ways.

  • Chris
    Chris
    9/1/2009 2:32 PM

    How does this seed do contending for water/space with crabgrass? My eastern Masschusetts lawn was beautiful this spring/summer, but all it took was one week of high temperatures and poor watering (I was on vacation and inadvertantly shut off the sprinklers) and when we returned home we had crabgrass everywhere. I've been plucking softball sized bunches of crabgrass and I need to fill the holes in with some kind seed. I'm thinking of trying this product.

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 2:44 PM

    Yes, it should grow well in France. There are people all over the United States from Maryland to central California and everywhere north of that growing Pearl's Premium lawns. It grows in most places except for the very deep south...and even there, there are exceptions and people growing it with steps I can describe. There are people in England and Canada growing this and even some people testing it in Israel and other parts of the world right now. The only place it will not grow well is if it stays wet all the time and never dries out or very intensely used like a baseball diamond or soccer field.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    9/1/2009 2:55 PM

    @Jackson....thanks for the specific answer. I agree....would much rather keep the soil "free range."

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 3:05 PM

    Chris, You do not have to pull your crab grass as it is an annual weed and will not come back from those plants you see right now. What comes back is new crab grass that grows from the seeds on the surface of the soil, that your present crab grass just dropped on the surface of the soil. However, if you plant Pearl's Premium in the next couple weeks and allow it to be 3+ inches tall from raising your lawn mower blade to one of the highest settings and always cut with a sharp blade. The tall, thick, dense P.P. grass will shade the soil and most crab grass will not sprout or come up next summer. Instructions come with the grass we ship to you with a couple simple tips to help get your lawn from 75-85% weeds down to 2-5% weeds by next summer with a simple, healthy organic approach, with much less time and less expense than most chemical methods.

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 3:27 PM

    Someone named Jeff just called me who was on the blog before, but was not near a computer now. In answer to his three very good questions...Why is this healthier and not need chemical fertilizer. Answer: Because of the deep roots and slow growth it need very little nutrition, which it can get from the 12 inches of soil, the clipping you leave in place and optionally a little organic fertilizer in spring and fall or optionally, 1/4 inch of organic compost, which helps lessen weeds and a number of other benefits. Again this is just an option.

    Your other question was to explain the one week pay back on the cost of the seeds. Answer: Pearl's Premium saves you dramatic amounts of money on water never needed again after it is established, saves money on no need for expensive chemical fertilizer and saves either your labor or $ from only having to cut it once a month rather than once a week.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    9/1/2009 3:57 PM

    @Jeff Thanks for asking the one-week payoff question. I wondered it too. But now when I think that I pay $35/week to have my grass cut, a bag of grass seed that reduces that expense seems pretty darned smart.

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 3:58 PM

    Laura, Regarding central New Jersey, I was down there recently on vacation/business, and while there, I went by three P.P. lawns in the area. Two P.P. lawns looked very fine and the peopled raved about them and one looked so so in that area. On closer inspection of that single problematic lawn in New Jersey clay soil...it had multiple problems of compacted soil, (they never aerated), someone reported that it was not watered every day during the one month establish period (they could have done with a cheap water timer) and it was cut too short with a dull blade...these were things that were all very preventable. Over very difficult clay soil, try a test of these simple tips: aerate twice a year, cutting tall, putting in the right seed and no watering it after it is established, except a little during a drought to make sure it does not puddle over night. Talk to me and I can give you more details to insure a good lawn in most but not all difficult conditions 508-653-0800 or in the northeast come to one of my workshops. In the future, the Daily Grommet may carry a short video tape with lawn answers to mold, clay, weeds and tips for the ultimate green lawn"

  • Josh-  Upham Landscape Co.
    Josh- Upham Landscape Co.
    9/1/2009 4:46 PM

    We are a full service landscape compant in the Metrowest area and we have installed Pearl’s Premium Ultra Low Maintenace grass seed on several projects and we are impressed with the results. It has a great appearance and excellent growth characteristics. We will continue to install Pearl’s Premium on as many projects as possible. From a landscape professionals point of view, we feel that Pearls Premium is terrific!

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 6:05 PM

    Yes, like this fellow who is a landscaper, he likes to install it, even though it cuts down on his mowing business since you only have to mow it once a month rather than once a week. Lawn care professionals like the deep green color, very soft and lush feeling of the grass and the happy customers. There are many lawn professionals who use Pearls as their lawn of choice for their own homes, There are also a lot of health professionals and dog owners with Pearl's Premium Ultra Low Maintenance Lawns because it is much healthier than the foreign lawns with all the chemicals.

    Again it is a very good value to Buy from Daily Grommet today and save the normal $9 of shipping and handling for a 5 pound bag that does a lot a lawn. This one day only Grommet deal is actually cheaper than anywhere else who ships it including the PearlsPremium.com web site, brought to you by the Grommet folks

    It is a wonderful surprise gift for who ever cuts the lawn, or pays your water bill, especially if that is you. And it is a great gift to the earth and a way to go really "green".

  • Joy
    Joy
    9/1/2009 6:26 PM

    I read about Pearls Premium Grass Seed in July. I had the opportunity to feel the texture during a demo being held at the Whole Foods in Bellingham. I saw some pretty amazing pictures of lawns, particularly the one where your grass stays GREEN in Winter! Wow! I had planned on ripping up my present lawn (a disaster) based on the advice of a lawn care company. The Pearls Premium Demo Person told me I could just plant the Pearls Premium Grass Seed right over my present lawn... I do NOT have to take up my present lawn... which is amazing... that the Pearls Premium will take over my lawn within a week or so to a lush, beautiful texture. At first I thought the price was high - but immediately thought nothing of buying five bags. $150 vs. $1500??? No brainer. I'm excited to get started and will let you know the results. Who ever thought I would get excited about grass seed!! ... and someone wrote about paying $35 for someone to mow their lawn. Not in Marblehead. Try $50! Thanks!

  • Marge
    Marge
    9/1/2009 6:34 PM

    Hi, Joy - Did you read about the Pearls Premium in The Boston Globe or This Old House? I saw the articles, also. Yes, what did it for us was that mow-once-a-month part. Gorgeous lawn. Very happy. We had tried another brand before. I don't want to disparage another company but the brand starts with a "J". Really disappointing. We are very happy. If this continues to work we are surrounded by people who spend beaucoup bucks on lawn care. One foot root system? That's awesome. Gets rid of the grubs? Works for us. I suspect our neighbors will head to the nearest Whole Foods to buy.

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    9/1/2009 6:52 PM

    Joy/Marge -- Thanks for your testimonial and price comparison to the cost of paying for lawn care each week. Don't forget the benefit for the environment, as well. Jackson is speaking at an upcoming dog/pet conference since there is a lot of concern with pet owners about chemicals in the lawn hurting their pets. Pets and people!! This product makes sense on so many levels!

    Marge -- your neighbors could also buy tonight and tomorrow morning through Daily Grommet and get FREE Shipping. . .

  • Bob West
    Bob West
    9/1/2009 7:23 PM

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful product, I am impressed that a beautiful lawn can be achieved with less work,cost and impact to the environment, all good. Keep up the good work Jackson !

  • Allyson
    Allyson
    9/1/2009 7:58 PM

    I'm in central Virginia, with a lawn that gets full sun -- am I too far south for this to work?

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 8:40 PM

    Yes and no about growing in P.P. in Virginia, There is a woman growing a Pearl's Premium lawn in South Carolina. So it can be done in the deep south, but their are a few special considerations. First you have to start it in the fall (not the spring) as soon as soil temps come down to 70 degrees F, when ever that is in your area. Follow the direction on the PearlsPremium.com web site for planting in the deep south which includes aerating and 1/4 inch of organic compost top spread and a few other tips, as well as cutting the grass 4 inches high to hold the moisture and have max depth roots. All this holds moisture, loosens the soil and insures 12 inch roots, that along with optional once a week deep watering during drought periods can help allow you to have a low maintenance lawn even in your super hot climate. But for the rest of us folks north of Washington DC to mid California northward, it is a piece of (chocolate) cake to have this kind of lawn.

  • Joe Ferrucci
    Joe Ferrucci
    9/1/2009 9:13 PM

    As a physician and a new home owner, I was looking for a product that was environmentally safe for my 3 daughters and cost effective at the same time. I chose to seed with Pearls Premium and had fantastic results within a few months. The application is quite simple, and the maintenance is minimal. Jackson's product is definitely one of a kind. I highly recommend this product to anyone that is looking to save money on watering, reducing fertilizer application, and most importantly saving time and money on mowing.

  • Bart
    Bart
    9/1/2009 9:23 PM

    Recently, while helping my son put up a fence around his organic garden I noticed how nice his corn, eggplant, squash and tomatoes were doing. Picture perfect- a Better Home & Gardens picture! Not only did the veggies look great, but the whole setting looked great. What made this garden look so darn good?

    It was the Pearls Premium lawn seed planted last fall. I had barely given it any attention and now it was this luxurious green lawn. Very slowly this lawn had grown where normally nothing but weeds flourished. The adjacent neighbor’s lawn, granted not the most well tended, had the usual variety of weeds and tufts of dried out grass. This was in stark contrast to the lawn surrounding my son’s garden. A lawn not mowed in about a year was now a zero maintenance dark green meadow. It kind of made me think of all the time and money I wisely did not spend on my lawn.

  • Amy
    Amy
    9/1/2009 9:28 PM

    I tried planting Pearl's Premium this spring. My lawn is very sunny and the soil is pretty sandy. Some of it was brought in after construction and didn't seem to have much organic matter. The weeds were already up and starting to flower by the time the soil warmed up for planting, and I think the fact that Pearl's grows slowly let the weeds gain the advantage in my lawn. I'm wondering what to do this fall to help crowd out the weeds so we achieve a beautiful lawn. Should I replant, and how heavily should I use the seed? True confessions: I wasn't able to water faithfully every day in the spring, but am set up to do so now.

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 9:33 PM

    The Holy Grail of Grass?

    Joy, you mentioned heading to whole foods to buy, but if you take advantage of the "Grommets" no shipping charges which saves you $ 9 per bag, for this one day only ending at noon time September 2nd, this is the same price as New England Whole Foods (super) Markets and it comes to your door. So for the next 15 hours only, this is the cheapest and most convenient place on the planet to buy Pearl's Premium Lawn Seed (which the Wayland Town Crier called "The Holy Grail of Grass"...their term not mine)

    After noon time buy at the walk in Whole Foods Markets in the North East or one of the other environmental non profits selling this. If you are not in New England you have no choice at this time, but to buy on line ...cheaper here today through Grommet or plus shipping charges after noon time through Pearls Premium.

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 10:18 PM

    From Perfect Storm of Weeds to a beautiful low weed lawn by next summer.

    Amy, due to timing of when you planted, this and last year was a very tough year to start any new grass, even Pearl's Premium. This is due to last years August rains to compact the soil, three huricane remnants in September and this years late April 95 degree heat wave to wake up the weed seeds 6 weeks early. Then unbelievable rain to grow the weeds. Most had beautiful lawns inspit of this yet more weeds than normal and a few got your draw of the luck having to do with planting date. However, fear not, this was just a rare perfect storm of weather for weeds that should not happen again for a long while. On the postive side, you now have a beginning base crop of Pearl's Premium. If you cut your grass and weeds one inch high with a sharp blade to not damage your existing Pearl's Premium, Then, rake away the grass and weed clippings and heavily overseed with Pearl's Premium at 7-8 pounds per 1,000 sq feet and water for every day it does not rain. Then the Pearl's will slowly grow through the fall and spring when the weeds are dead or domand, so by next summer the weed seeds are shaded out by the 3-4 inch high dense Pearl's Premium Lawn seed grass and most of the crab grass never gets enough light to sprout and most of those annual weeds like crab grass will not come up! So you can go from a horrible lawn and 75-85% weeds to beautiful lawn and only 2-5 % weeds if you follow the instructions in the shipping box and start your Pearl's lawn soon.

  • Pam
    Pam
    9/1/2009 11:16 PM

    My parents have a Pearl's Premium lawn. It looks awesome, is low maintenance and environmentally-friendly. Less time cutting, watering and mowing, more time to enjoy the yard with family and friends!

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/2/2009 9:23 AM

    We are coming up to the perfect time of year to plant. Someone just emailed me from Andover asking what is the best time of year? Of course September is the best with May the second best time for reasons given above. I get people all over the country asking this. Well the way to find out for your region is to take a soil thermometer from any garden center that has a metal rod and stick it 3 inches down into moist, but not wet soil. When it says anywhere from 70 to 55 degrees F you are good to go. My yard in Wayland now says 70. Whereas 30 miles away it is 63 degrees. Both are perfect to plant asap. Again ground temperature not air temperature matters. In many areas there is an agricultural university you can call to get this info. But don't worry, if it feels comfortable on the cool side outside it is time to plant!

  • Ron
    Ron
    9/2/2009 10:10 AM

    I use Pearl's Premium in Worcester. It saves me time and water. I now cut my grass once a month instead of every week. I have not watered my lawn since May.

  • Josh
    Josh
    9/2/2009 10:32 AM

    We have installed Pearl’s Premium Ultra Low Maintenace grass seed on several projects and we are impressed with the results. It has a great appearance and excellent growth characteristics. We will continue to install Pearl’s Premium on as many projects as possible.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    9/2/2009 10:53 AM

    @Ron (and so many others) I am delighted you shared your experiences with Pearl’s Premium—even @Amy who did not have a successful first try. Your experience gave other people valuable information about how to use Pearl’s.



    And Jackson! You are such a wonderful resource for the Daily Grommet community. Where else could people get personalized, knowledegable lawn care advice, real-time. You have made this discussion so rich.



    @Everyone. We’ll tell the story of a new Grommet at noon but this exact info about Pearl’s will stay live on our site in perpetuity. You can refer people to the video, and continue to ask questions. We will watch and make sure Jackson knows if someone needs an answer. And….you can order here too in the months ahead…we will pass the orders on to Jackson. (But the free shipping does end at noon EST.)

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/2/2009 11:12 AM

    If you want to see a lawn or attend one of my Tips for the Ultimate Green Lawn and Home Workshops...I am giving a workshop at my house at 206 Lake Shore Dr, Wayland, MA at 1 pm on Saturday Sept 12th and repeated on Sat Sept 19th. You must rsvp to 508-653-0800 as space is limited and they do fill up.

    You can see a magnificent Pearl's Premium lawn and wrap around beautiful and breathtaking garden at an open house garden tour on Saturday the 12th of September at 233 Glen Road in Weston, MA. From 2-4 PM with a lecture on plantings by another expert. No RSVP required.

    So on the 12th you can come here at 1 pm for the green lawn and home crash course, then take a short tour of my sustainable house that will be producing 95% of its heating, cooling and energy from the sun and earth, then run just down the road for the garden tour and perennial workshop. a great triple header of info from 1 to 4 pm. The League of Womens Voters in Andover will be hosting activities, as well as towns all over the state have invited me to give workshops and I have a couple more open dates for workshops before they are all filled up for the fall. We can suggest someone to help you install the pearl's premium lawn seed. by calling 508-653-0800 or you can do it yourself. Again, you have only one hour left to buy these Ultra Low Maintenance Pearl's Premium seeds at the $9 off price when you look at the never before offered no shipping charged from the good folks at the Daily Grommet

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/2/2009 11:23 AM

    Thanks. The Daily Grommet is a really cool site and it has been fun answering lawn questions from all over the world and helping to share tips on how to have an ultimate "Green" Lawn with Pearl's Premium seeds. A lawn that saves time, money, water and is healthier for you, your children, your dog and the earth. A percentage of sales supports regional environmental education.

    As someone said above...Make the transition to an organic lawn with Pearl’s Premium lawn seed. You’ll enjoy less mowing, less watering and no runoff from harmful chemical fertilizers.

    Only 45 minutes left to ask any burning and green lawn question not already asked

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    9/11/2009 4:59 PM

    When will the product purchased on Sept.1 be shipped ? I am anxious to get started !! Thanks.

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/13/2009 5:44 AM

    Hi Beth and other proud purchasers of Pearl's Premium Ultra Low Maintenance Lawn Seed. The last of the orders just went out. We were back ordered on the very freshest of seed that just was just harvested, blended to our special patent pending mix and bagged fresh for you.

    We wanted to send grommet folks and our other customers only the very best, and it was worth a week of waiting to not send you any left over of this past seasons crop, although the grass is good for 18 months. We also wanted to make sure we were by that period of occasional early September heat wave and the peak of the potential hurricane season...that just pasted this weekend. You are now free to plant and enjoy in the north east and upper states. I would wait another week or two to plant, if you are further south until your soil temps come down to 70 degrees F. Please take before and after pictures to share your really "Green" lawn with Grommet and Pearl'sPremium. Installation instructions are in the box and answers to any other questions are at FAQ of www.PearlsPremium.com

    Regards, Jackson 508-653-0800

  • Adriana Poole
    Adriana Poole
    9/13/2009 10:52 AM

    Last fall I was looking for options on organic lawns. A neighbor saw the segment about Pearl's Premium on Channel 5 news and told me about it. My first feeling was that it was way too good to be true.but then I realized you probably can't go on T.V. with a fake claim. I had a Pearl’s Premium lawn installed by Jackson Madnick’s crew and every single claim he made on his website became a reality under my eyes. I have the best lawn in town and it's all done without any chemicals! Very few weeds, I am mowing it once per month - this is really the most amazing part of it! I don't need to water it, it has no grubs or other insects. Comparing to the other lawns all full of chemicals and watered several times per day by expensive sprinkle systems, my lawn has amazingly few weeds. How many? Well, so many that I have been successfully controlling them only by hand pulling them. The other nice feature is that my lawn is green all winter long. And here is another little secret not mentioned on the website: it repels mosquitoes! The landscaping company I use for the flower beds could not believe the extent of the root system of my lawn- the roots of my super grass are deep and almost impossible to penetrate, hard to get into to edge the flower beds! No wonder the weeds are having such a hard time! Keeping the grass about 3-4 inches long is also extremely helpful at preventing weeds since the roots are always shaded. I am going to follow Jackson's "recipe" further this fall and will have his team come once more and proceed with the overseeding of my new lawn. I can't recommend this seed highly enough - I feel fantastic about having this lawn not only because of the little work it requires but mostly because of the positive impact it has on my family and on the environment. I don't feel guilty for wasting natural resources or making my family sick from using chemicals or negatively impacting the environment just for the sake of having a green lawn! This is the real thing, a gardener's dream - go for it, you'll be very happy you did! The best of all is that you REALLY have to mow it ONCE a month, it is that slow growing.

  • LFS
    LFS
    11/26/2009 11:51 AM

    Will this grass seed work in the clay soil and warmer climate of North Carolina? If not,any ideas about where to find such?

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    11/26/2009 12:57 PM

    Hi - and Happy Thanksgiving LFS! We've let Jackson know that there's a question here for him to answer and he'll pop over to answer you as soon as he's able to.

    But for now, he did answer a question earlier which could be helpful: "There is a woman growing a Pearl's Premium lawn in South Carolina. So it can be done in the deep south, but their are a few special considerations. First you have to start it in the fall (not the spring) as soon as soil temps come down to 70 degrees F, when ever that is in your area. Follow the direction on the PearlsPremium.com web site for planting in the deep south which includes aerating and 1/4 inch of organic compost top spread and a few other tips, as well as cutting the grass 4 inches high to hold the moisture and have max depth roots. All this holds moisture, loosens the soil and insures 12 inch roots, that along with optional once a week deep watering during drought periods can help allow you to have a low maintenance lawn even in your super hot climate. But for the rest of us folks north of Washington DC to mid California northward, it is a piece of (chocolate) cake to have this kind of lawn."

    And I'm sure Jackson will weigh in if he has additional information regarding the clay soil in your region.

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    11/26/2009 6:55 PM

    Just a comment about growing Pearl's Premium in Atlanta. Up until about 6 months ago, we were in a 2 year drought.No rain and no sprinkler for my Fescue lawn so it burned up in the Georgia sun.I have a side yard (shade) and back yard (sun/shade) which were looking grim so when I saw Jackson's Grommet,I thought it was worth a shot. I followed his instructions carefully (aerate etc.)with the correct shade/sun seed and I now have beautiful grass.

    I can't wait until Spring for the full glory. I do have to say that since I started the process in mid-September, Atlanta has had glorious weather.. warm sun one day then soft showers the next so it has been the perfect setting.

    Jackson, I only regret that I forgot to take before pictures but will certainly send up successful after shots.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/11/2009 3:40 PM

    @LFS - regarding NC this is what Jackson says:

    "Jeanne's response covered it well. Again we have many people in N.C. growing our grass right now. Atlanta is significantly more south than N.C where it is growing. The info of material on our web site PearlsPremium.com under the FAQ section touches on planting in the deep south and the only other thing is to address the clay drainage factor, that she can put down a 1/4 inch of organic compost and core aerate, both will help with drainage before putting down the seed. If it is absolute clay to the surface with no soils, she will have to put down 3-4 inches of top soil before seeding."

    Here is the information about planting Pearl's Premium lawn seed in the Deep South from their website:

    Some people have had success with it in the deep south…by planting in the fall as soon as soil temperatures came down to 70 degrees F., to get the roots as deep as possible before summer heat and then they watered it deeply with an inch of water once or twice a week in the warmer months, watering at dawn. In southern climate aeration and top spreading 1/4 inch of organic compost is essential to help aerate the soil to achieve the deepest roots.

  • Susan Mastrangelo
    Susan Mastrangelo
    7/4/2010 11:50 AM

    This is more of a question. I do not know why, nut I can not grow grass in my yard. Now I,m down to nothing but dirt. My friend blames it on an old tree that is in other yard, and he blames the root of the tree, but other people have grass, and I,m sure the same roots. Will this product work in a yard like mine?? I have one dog, but I can walk him, and I usually do anyway. I miss grass, and I,ve tried everything I know. I,m doing something wrong, And I,m not bragging, and I know it,s different but I,m a good gardner when it comes to other plants, but grass, I,m missing something, besides the grass. Please let me know.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/4/2010 7:29 PM

    @Susan - we have forwarded your question on to Jackson and hopefully he can help you get some grass under your feet!

  • Mark Bradley
    Mark Bradley
    7/20/2010 12:38 PM

    Could Pearl's Premium grass seed be grown in the Southwest, Albuquerque, NM, to be exact?

  • Kathy
    Kathy
    8/1/2010 9:22 PM

    I was wondering if there was a way to get a mixture of the Sun and Shade Grasses in one Order. My back yard is sloped and part of it is in the sun a lot and some of it does not get much sun. That is one of the reasons I have problems, the other is because I have a dog, I was also wondering how well this stands up to pets. It sounds like a wonderful product and I am really interested, but would like to know about those 2 things first.

    Thanks so much,'

    Kathy Alvis

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/1/2010 9:50 PM

    @Mark - the seed was developed to thrive in more temperate regions. You may have success by using the deep south instructions discussed earlier. Good luck!

    @Kathy - One of its benefits is that it is pet friendly because it doesn't require chemicals to thrive. The seed comes in 5 lb bags, and yes, you can get a 5 lb bag of sun seed and also a 5 lb bag of shade seed in the same order.

  • Larry
    Larry
    10/19/2010 10:12 PM

    What is the price of this product?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/20/2010 5:39 PM

    @Larry Twitchell: It looks like it is currently out-of-stock, I will look into this and get back to you!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/20/2010 6:19 PM

    @Larry Twitchell: Looking at this further the product is not out of stock and is now displaying properly with its price. Thank you for bringing it to our attention!

  • Belinda Ellis
    Belinda Ellis
    4/27/2011 1:18 PM

    How well does PP do in the lower regions, specifically, Houston, TX. I saw some other comments, but wondered if anyone has reported use here. This sounds like a wonderful product!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/27/2011 2:49 PM

    @Belinda Ellis: the Pearl's Premium blend is really optimized for the more Northern climates but Jackson is hard at work creating a blend for the Southern climates.

  • Chris
    Chris
    5/18/2011 7:35 AM

    I recently renovated my backyard by knocking down several trees and large bushes in an effort to make more play room for my 2yr old son. I am looking for something that will start to grow on about 2-3 weeks. Is this the right product for me? It sounds great and has very good reviews I'm just afraid I may not see grass until late summer. I live in the SE part of Pennsylvania.

    thanks for your help

    Chris

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/18/2011 9:05 AM

    @Chris : I planted some last fall and yes, it started growing in the 2-3 week time frame. Right now is the perfect time to be planting.

  • Tonya
    Tonya
    6/1/2011 10:43 AM

    Can this grass survive in Florida? I have two huge trees in my backyard that provide a LOT of shade and prevent most grass from thriving so I'm wondering if this product will work. Please let me know!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/1/2011 11:11 AM

    @Tonya: This particular blend does not fare as well in the deep south.

  • s Conley
    s Conley
    6/22/2011 9:28 AM

    How will this grass fare in the Hampton Roads are of Virginia?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/22/2011 12:03 PM

    @s Conley: Jackson says the grass works the best in areas north of Washington DC, so it could take a little extra love to grow in Virginia. There have, however, been successful Pearl's Premium lawns grown as far south as South Carolina, so there is plenty of hope for your yard. Jackson does have some tips for areas around VA, though! He suggests to start the installation in the fall, rather than in the spring, when the temperatures have dropped below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to aerate your lawn and use 14/inch of organic compost top spread. Lastly, cut the grass at 4 inches high. If it's very hot and dry, you might have to give your lawn a weekly deep watering as well.

    Good luck creating a much greener lawn! I'm sure the wildlife refuge and all the beaches down there will appreciate you making an effort to keep an environmentally friendly back yard. We'd love to hear how it turns out.

  • Jay
    Jay
    7/19/2011 11:51 PM

    Please tell me if this grass will do well in San Diego, Ca. Also, what time of year would be best to seed since Sept. is still quite a warm month in So Cal.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/20/2011 9:15 AM

    @Jay: This mixture was really engineered for cooler climates. If you're willing to take a chance Jackson says that some people have had success with it in the deep south…by planting in the fall as soon as soil temperfatures came down to 70 degrees F., to get the roots as deep as possible before summer heat and then they watered it deeply with an inch of water once or twice a week in the warmer months, watering at dawn. In southern climate aeration and top spreading 1/4 inch of organic compost is essential to help aerate the soil to achieve the deepest roots.

  • coleen
    coleen
    10/9/2011 1:10 AM

    So, can it seems that it can't take the heat such as that in Oklahoma? I am looking to plant grass now to get it started and not wait until next spring. I am not sure if this would be something that would work or not. I like the fact that it doesn't need water as we need to watch our water supply.

    Thanks

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/9/2011 8:37 PM

    @coleen: There are people further south having success. You will need to work a little harder at it though. This is what Jackson says: "There is a woman growing a Pearl's Premium lawn in South Carolina. So it can be done in the deep south, but their are a few special considerations. First you have to start it in the fall (not the spring) as soon as soil temps come down to 70 degrees F, when ever that is in your area. Follow the direction on the PearlsPremium.com web site for planting in the deep south which includes aerating and 1/4 inch of organic compost top spread and a few other tips, as well as cutting the grass 4 inches high to hold the moisture and have max depth roots. All this holds moisture, loosens the soil and insures 12 inch roots, that along with optional once a week deep watering during drought periods can help allow you to have a low maintenance lawn even in your super hot climate. But for the rest of us folks north of Washington DC to mid California northward, it is a piece of (chocolate) cake to have this kind of lawn."

  • Cindy Wilson
    Cindy Wilson
    5/4/2012 1:18 PM

    Just wanted to let you know - my bag of seeds ariived a few weeks ago. Thank you for locating my order! I'm looking forward to giving this grass seed a try, though I live in Central Alabama. I'll wait till fall just as they suggested, and see what happens! Hope the seeds take root and give me a manageable lawn. It's iffy, I know, but - nothing tried, nothing gained! Thank you so much! You've put out so many delightful products, and I've enjoyed quite a few of them!

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/7/2012 2:11 PM

    @Cindy Wilson: We're glad your seeds arrived safely. Do stop by in the Fall & rave (we hope) about your new lawn ;0) We're happy you enjoy our other discoveries too & hope you'll spread the word about us too. Thank you!

  •  Lori
    Lori
    9/21/2012 9:34 AM

    JUST learning about this now, due to recent email received from D.G. Any chance you're running any specials THIS September? We would love to try this on our lawn, but money is extremely tight for us and we have a BIG lawn! THANKS!!!

  •  Jo
    Jo
    9/24/2012 7:49 AM

    I live in southwestern N.C. just above Ga. will this seed work in my area?

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Pearl's Premium

Ultra Low Maintenance Lawn Seed

Green All Over

Free time in the summer should be spent enjoying the outdoors, not mowing the lawn or dragging sprinklers around the yard.

If you love a green lawn but dread the maintenance, check out Pearl’s Premium grass seed. It was developed by environmentalist Jackson Madnick, who spent six years researching lawns that grow slowly, require
less water and don’t need chemical fertilizers to thrive.

You’ll be able to give your lawnmower and sprinklers a rest since a lawn grown from Madnick’s seed mix needs mowing less frequently (as little as once a month) and develops 12-inch roots, making it drought-tolerant during dry summer months. After the lawn is established, it won’t need regular watering, says Madnick, who so far has tested his seed blend in the Northeast U.S. region.

The result is a lawn that’s not only low maintenance but also good for the environment. You can conserve water, cut back on the fossil fuel burned by your lawnmower, and avoid chemical fertilizers that wind up seeping into storm drains and infiltrating water supplies.

If that sounds like your idea of a great lawn, start preparing now. September is the time to plant grass seed, so come summertime you’ll have a strong, healthy lawn.

Pearl’s Premium makes it easy to go green – in more ways than one.
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  • Jackson
    Jackson

    For the past 8 years, I've been interested in lawns that took less time, water, and money. I also looked for options that didn't need chemical fertilizer because I wanted to protect children, animals, and the environment. My concerns came from my mother Pearl, who gave me my appreciation for the environment and a concern about the effects of some chemicals. When I could not find a low maintenance lawn grass that was also soft and looked good, I started to research options for a beautiful lawn without all the health risks of lawn care and maintenance.

    Then my young daughter (named after my mother, Pearl) asked me, "Daddy, what is the best (lawn) grass in the world?" Because I didn't have an answer, I decided to step up my research to find a lawn solution to protect her and other children from lawn chemicals and to lessen the use of water and runoff into our surface and drinking waters.

    This led me to find three PhDs from the National Turf Evaluation Program who are professors at major agricultural universities. They worked with me to narrow down a mix of special native and adaptive seeds. After more research and testing, this has evolved into the unique deep root and very slow growth properties of Pearl's Premium. This is an easy grass to install over your existing grass and does not require tearing up your lawn.

    Over 2,000 Pearl's Premium lawns and 22 articles and rave reviews agree.

    I want to thank the "Daily Grommet" for featuring this unique patent-pending, breakthrough lawn product. This is an opportunity to have a really "green" lawn that saves you dramatic amounts of time, money, and water; it also lessens your carbon footprint and protects the health of your family, animals, and the earth. I hope you can take advantage of this one-day, first-time offer to save on the $9 shipping and handling per 5 pound bag of seeds. I look forward to reading your comments today and am happy to answer questions.

  • John
    John
    9/1/2009 12:05 PM

    I'm looking out over my front lawn right now. Its all Pearl's Premium and looks great! The best think about it - besides zero chemicals - is that the grass is really thick and soft. My golden, Gracie, is lying on it right now, soaking up the sun! I'm delighted to recommend this product.

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    9/1/2009 12:21 PM

    My sister seeded her lawn this spring with pearls premium and it looks great, they had recently renovated their home and the lawn needed replacing after being damaged by heavy equipment - my brother in law is very pleased that he has only had to mow it once since it grows so slowly and it looks great!

  • Samantha Woods
    Samantha Woods
    9/1/2009 12:28 PM

    This grass seed represents some of the best qualities that we look for in helping to conserve our water resources. Thus the NSRWA through Greenscapes - an educational program that we run to help people understand how to protect our water resources through sustainable landscaping practices has sold this product to homeowners on the South Shore of Massachusetts. We have heard nothing but good feedback from those who have purchased it and planted it. The NSRWA, a nonprofit watershed association, does receive a small donation for every bag that we sell to help fund our Greenscapes program.

  • trish
    trish
    9/1/2009 12:35 PM

    After I moved into my house, I realized I was not a gardener. Thankfully my yard is mostly behind a fence :). I put Pearl's Premium down a year ago Memorial Day weekend after putting some lime down and a bit of top soil. Here it is over a year later, and I have a wonderful lawn that didn't require much attention. I have mowed it only twice and see fewer weeds coming up this year. This Fall I will do the other side of my yard. How wonderful to have a nice looking yard with little time, effort or resources spent.

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    9/1/2009 12:42 PM

    We visited a local home that has the Pearl's Premium grass and it looked and felt so lush and soft. The grass needs to grow at least 3" for it to work and this was just a breath taking lawn and garden! Keep in mind that this lawn seed is meant to be planted from as far north as Canada to as far south as Washington DC. Jackson is working on another seed that will work better in the warmer-year-round weather experienced in the south (although, many customers are using this seed in the south since they are adamant about using something more environmentally conscious). We know that Jackson is on to something very BIG with this lawn seed that once adopted by more and more households has the opportunity to make quite an impact on nationwide water use and mowing. Who wouldn't want to conserve more water, money & time while decreasing our carbon footprint?

  • Wendy
    Wendy
    9/1/2009 12:44 PM

    Jackson --Please remind us why September is the best month of the year to plant your lawn seed?

  • Katherine
    Katherine
    9/1/2009 1:20 PM

    This is incredible! How much coverage do you get per bag?

  • sarah
    sarah
    9/1/2009 1:34 PM

    Sounds great. We have a German Shepherd and his urine burns out parts of our lawn. Does your seed do better than regular grass with this problem. Also, should we be keeping our dog and kids off of the lawn during the full month of watering/establishment?

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 1:44 PM

    Nature intended September and the first week of October to be when you overseed or start a new lawn! September is the best time to plant because you have no weed competition, it rains often, nights are cooler and soil temperatures are between 70 - 50 degrees F the perfect temperature to sprout grass seeds. All in all, perfect growing conditions for grass! Nature intended for grass to grow all summer, drop it seeds around now and start to grow a new lush wonderful lawn.

    An average Lawn started this time of year will have 3-6 inch deep roots by next summer. A Pearl's Premium lawn started in the next month will grow 12 inch roots over the next year, to be able to survive on just the rain, dew and mist by next summer, to be much lower maintenance. Also,a lawn over-seeded this time of year helps to shade out the weed seeds sitting on the top of the soil so fewer hatch or sprout next June. Planting Pearl's Premium thickly this time of year and you can then go from a lawn mostly crabgrass this year to a better looking, healthy, minimal crab grass lawn next summer and out-compete most of the weeds. Hope you can take advantage of this one day only sale to save almost 25 % off with the free shipping

  • John
    John
    9/1/2009 1:45 PM

    Sarah - our Gracie does occassionally relieve herself on the lawn (despite our best efforts at training!). since i planted the Pearl's Premium, i've notice the burn spots much less. there still there but the grass is much thicker and longer. keeping it at 3+ inches not only reduces the weeds but also hides the pees!

  • Leslie
    Leslie
    9/1/2009 1:47 PM

    This sounds great - I'm going to tell all my landscape architect friends about it! Will shade seed grow in deep shade?

  • sarah
    sarah
    9/1/2009 1:49 PM

    Thanks.-- And should the dog and kids be kept of the lawn while the seed is establishing and, if so, for how long?

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    9/1/2009 1:55 PM

    Katherine -- a 5lb bag should cover 1,000 square feet.

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 1:58 PM

    One 5 pound bag will cover 1000 sq feet in a normal concentration for shady areas. However, for sunny areas it is better to seed a little thicker and to use one 5 pound bag to cover 800 square feet to shade the soil and prevent many of the weeds and most crab grass, (if you cut 3+ inches tall) without having to resort to harmful chemicals. It is really quite economical when you consider that the seed has a one week pay back on the cost of the seeds from all the savings. .

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    9/1/2009 2:10 PM

    Jackson--we have a totally shade covered strip of yard between our house and the neighbors'. Even sod has never taken off in that area. I have given up, basically, on having lawn there and assume it is just not physically possible for any seed to take. (I was planning to lay down stone pavers this fall.) Have you had Pearl's Premium work in such tough-luck situations? (I am not trying to challenge you to make impossible promises....just to lay odds before I lay down the cash and work.)

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 2:10 PM

    Yes, kids and dogs should keep off the grass for a month while it is getting established. Your can always rope off an area for your dog that you can plant next season or walk him or her down the street. Your dog and kids will love this healthier grass. If you have to walk across it- no problem, just throw down a little seed in the spring to repair any minor damage.

  • Stuart
    Stuart
    9/1/2009 2:21 PM

    I am travelling in France now, but glad to hear the discussion about Pearl's Premium. It sounds great.

    Has it been tried outside the USA? Can I recommend it to friends here?

  • Laura
    Laura
    9/1/2009 2:26 PM

    We live in central New Jersey, where the soil is basically clay. How well does Pearl's Premium get established when the soil is very dense? Even when it's constantly wet, I've had trouble getting any kind of grass established after the soil is disturbed.

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 2:27 PM

    Jules, this is very good grass not miracle grass, in that it will grow in lower light conditions and deep shade than most grass but not grow in deep, deep, deep shade. If you have or know anyone with a light meter, have them take an incident light reading at the "brightest" time of day and I can tell you the likely hood of survival before you plant a lawn. There have been many people who have never had a lawn or just moss due to low light level and they now have grass with our shade mix of Pearl's Premium seeds...and of course a few places where it was just too dark and did not work. But a bag of this seed is sure a lot cheaper to try out and less work than putting down bricks or pavers and the worms will thank you. And you will be producing oxygen and making your yard "greener" in many ways.

  • Chris
    Chris
    9/1/2009 2:32 PM

    How does this seed do contending for water/space with crabgrass? My eastern Masschusetts lawn was beautiful this spring/summer, but all it took was one week of high temperatures and poor watering (I was on vacation and inadvertantly shut off the sprinklers) and when we returned home we had crabgrass everywhere. I've been plucking softball sized bunches of crabgrass and I need to fill the holes in with some kind seed. I'm thinking of trying this product.

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 2:44 PM

    Yes, it should grow well in France. There are people all over the United States from Maryland to central California and everywhere north of that growing Pearl's Premium lawns. It grows in most places except for the very deep south...and even there, there are exceptions and people growing it with steps I can describe. There are people in England and Canada growing this and even some people testing it in Israel and other parts of the world right now. The only place it will not grow well is if it stays wet all the time and never dries out or very intensely used like a baseball diamond or soccer field.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    9/1/2009 2:55 PM

    @Jackson....thanks for the specific answer. I agree....would much rather keep the soil "free range."

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 3:05 PM

    Chris, You do not have to pull your crab grass as it is an annual weed and will not come back from those plants you see right now. What comes back is new crab grass that grows from the seeds on the surface of the soil, that your present crab grass just dropped on the surface of the soil. However, if you plant Pearl's Premium in the next couple weeks and allow it to be 3+ inches tall from raising your lawn mower blade to one of the highest settings and always cut with a sharp blade. The tall, thick, dense P.P. grass will shade the soil and most crab grass will not sprout or come up next summer. Instructions come with the grass we ship to you with a couple simple tips to help get your lawn from 75-85% weeds down to 2-5% weeds by next summer with a simple, healthy organic approach, with much less time and less expense than most chemical methods.

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 3:27 PM

    Someone named Jeff just called me who was on the blog before, but was not near a computer now. In answer to his three very good questions...Why is this healthier and not need chemical fertilizer. Answer: Because of the deep roots and slow growth it need very little nutrition, which it can get from the 12 inches of soil, the clipping you leave in place and optionally a little organic fertilizer in spring and fall or optionally, 1/4 inch of organic compost, which helps lessen weeds and a number of other benefits. Again this is just an option.

    Your other question was to explain the one week pay back on the cost of the seeds. Answer: Pearl's Premium saves you dramatic amounts of money on water never needed again after it is established, saves money on no need for expensive chemical fertilizer and saves either your labor or $ from only having to cut it once a month rather than once a week.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    9/1/2009 3:57 PM

    @Jeff Thanks for asking the one-week payoff question. I wondered it too. But now when I think that I pay $35/week to have my grass cut, a bag of grass seed that reduces that expense seems pretty darned smart.

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 3:58 PM

    Laura, Regarding central New Jersey, I was down there recently on vacation/business, and while there, I went by three P.P. lawns in the area. Two P.P. lawns looked very fine and the peopled raved about them and one looked so so in that area. On closer inspection of that single problematic lawn in New Jersey clay soil...it had multiple problems of compacted soil, (they never aerated), someone reported that it was not watered every day during the one month establish period (they could have done with a cheap water timer) and it was cut too short with a dull blade...these were things that were all very preventable. Over very difficult clay soil, try a test of these simple tips: aerate twice a year, cutting tall, putting in the right seed and no watering it after it is established, except a little during a drought to make sure it does not puddle over night. Talk to me and I can give you more details to insure a good lawn in most but not all difficult conditions 508-653-0800 or in the northeast come to one of my workshops. In the future, the Daily Grommet may carry a short video tape with lawn answers to mold, clay, weeds and tips for the ultimate green lawn"

  • Josh-  Upham Landscape Co.
    Josh- Upham Landscape Co.
    9/1/2009 4:46 PM

    We are a full service landscape compant in the Metrowest area and we have installed Pearl’s Premium Ultra Low Maintenace grass seed on several projects and we are impressed with the results. It has a great appearance and excellent growth characteristics. We will continue to install Pearl’s Premium on as many projects as possible. From a landscape professionals point of view, we feel that Pearls Premium is terrific!

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 6:05 PM

    Yes, like this fellow who is a landscaper, he likes to install it, even though it cuts down on his mowing business since you only have to mow it once a month rather than once a week. Lawn care professionals like the deep green color, very soft and lush feeling of the grass and the happy customers. There are many lawn professionals who use Pearls as their lawn of choice for their own homes, There are also a lot of health professionals and dog owners with Pearl's Premium Ultra Low Maintenance Lawns because it is much healthier than the foreign lawns with all the chemicals.

    Again it is a very good value to Buy from Daily Grommet today and save the normal $9 of shipping and handling for a 5 pound bag that does a lot a lawn. This one day only Grommet deal is actually cheaper than anywhere else who ships it including the PearlsPremium.com web site, brought to you by the Grommet folks

    It is a wonderful surprise gift for who ever cuts the lawn, or pays your water bill, especially if that is you. And it is a great gift to the earth and a way to go really "green".

  • Joy
    Joy
    9/1/2009 6:26 PM

    I read about Pearls Premium Grass Seed in July. I had the opportunity to feel the texture during a demo being held at the Whole Foods in Bellingham. I saw some pretty amazing pictures of lawns, particularly the one where your grass stays GREEN in Winter! Wow! I had planned on ripping up my present lawn (a disaster) based on the advice of a lawn care company. The Pearls Premium Demo Person told me I could just plant the Pearls Premium Grass Seed right over my present lawn... I do NOT have to take up my present lawn... which is amazing... that the Pearls Premium will take over my lawn within a week or so to a lush, beautiful texture. At first I thought the price was high - but immediately thought nothing of buying five bags. $150 vs. $1500??? No brainer. I'm excited to get started and will let you know the results. Who ever thought I would get excited about grass seed!! ... and someone wrote about paying $35 for someone to mow their lawn. Not in Marblehead. Try $50! Thanks!

  • Marge
    Marge
    9/1/2009 6:34 PM

    Hi, Joy - Did you read about the Pearls Premium in The Boston Globe or This Old House? I saw the articles, also. Yes, what did it for us was that mow-once-a-month part. Gorgeous lawn. Very happy. We had tried another brand before. I don't want to disparage another company but the brand starts with a "J". Really disappointing. We are very happy. If this continues to work we are surrounded by people who spend beaucoup bucks on lawn care. One foot root system? That's awesome. Gets rid of the grubs? Works for us. I suspect our neighbors will head to the nearest Whole Foods to buy.

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    9/1/2009 6:52 PM

    Joy/Marge -- Thanks for your testimonial and price comparison to the cost of paying for lawn care each week. Don't forget the benefit for the environment, as well. Jackson is speaking at an upcoming dog/pet conference since there is a lot of concern with pet owners about chemicals in the lawn hurting their pets. Pets and people!! This product makes sense on so many levels!

    Marge -- your neighbors could also buy tonight and tomorrow morning through Daily Grommet and get FREE Shipping. . .

  • Bob West
    Bob West
    9/1/2009 7:23 PM

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful product, I am impressed that a beautiful lawn can be achieved with less work,cost and impact to the environment, all good. Keep up the good work Jackson !

  • Allyson
    Allyson
    9/1/2009 7:58 PM

    I'm in central Virginia, with a lawn that gets full sun -- am I too far south for this to work?

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 8:40 PM

    Yes and no about growing in P.P. in Virginia, There is a woman growing a Pearl's Premium lawn in South Carolina. So it can be done in the deep south, but their are a few special considerations. First you have to start it in the fall (not the spring) as soon as soil temps come down to 70 degrees F, when ever that is in your area. Follow the direction on the PearlsPremium.com web site for planting in the deep south which includes aerating and 1/4 inch of organic compost top spread and a few other tips, as well as cutting the grass 4 inches high to hold the moisture and have max depth roots. All this holds moisture, loosens the soil and insures 12 inch roots, that along with optional once a week deep watering during drought periods can help allow you to have a low maintenance lawn even in your super hot climate. But for the rest of us folks north of Washington DC to mid California northward, it is a piece of (chocolate) cake to have this kind of lawn.

  • Joe Ferrucci
    Joe Ferrucci
    9/1/2009 9:13 PM

    As a physician and a new home owner, I was looking for a product that was environmentally safe for my 3 daughters and cost effective at the same time. I chose to seed with Pearls Premium and had fantastic results within a few months. The application is quite simple, and the maintenance is minimal. Jackson's product is definitely one of a kind. I highly recommend this product to anyone that is looking to save money on watering, reducing fertilizer application, and most importantly saving time and money on mowing.

  • Bart
    Bart
    9/1/2009 9:23 PM

    Recently, while helping my son put up a fence around his organic garden I noticed how nice his corn, eggplant, squash and tomatoes were doing. Picture perfect- a Better Home & Gardens picture! Not only did the veggies look great, but the whole setting looked great. What made this garden look so darn good?

    It was the Pearls Premium lawn seed planted last fall. I had barely given it any attention and now it was this luxurious green lawn. Very slowly this lawn had grown where normally nothing but weeds flourished. The adjacent neighbor’s lawn, granted not the most well tended, had the usual variety of weeds and tufts of dried out grass. This was in stark contrast to the lawn surrounding my son’s garden. A lawn not mowed in about a year was now a zero maintenance dark green meadow. It kind of made me think of all the time and money I wisely did not spend on my lawn.

  • Amy
    Amy
    9/1/2009 9:28 PM

    I tried planting Pearl's Premium this spring. My lawn is very sunny and the soil is pretty sandy. Some of it was brought in after construction and didn't seem to have much organic matter. The weeds were already up and starting to flower by the time the soil warmed up for planting, and I think the fact that Pearl's grows slowly let the weeds gain the advantage in my lawn. I'm wondering what to do this fall to help crowd out the weeds so we achieve a beautiful lawn. Should I replant, and how heavily should I use the seed? True confessions: I wasn't able to water faithfully every day in the spring, but am set up to do so now.

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 9:33 PM

    The Holy Grail of Grass?

    Joy, you mentioned heading to whole foods to buy, but if you take advantage of the "Grommets" no shipping charges which saves you $ 9 per bag, for this one day only ending at noon time September 2nd, this is the same price as New England Whole Foods (super) Markets and it comes to your door. So for the next 15 hours only, this is the cheapest and most convenient place on the planet to buy Pearl's Premium Lawn Seed (which the Wayland Town Crier called "The Holy Grail of Grass"...their term not mine)

    After noon time buy at the walk in Whole Foods Markets in the North East or one of the other environmental non profits selling this. If you are not in New England you have no choice at this time, but to buy on line ...cheaper here today through Grommet or plus shipping charges after noon time through Pearls Premium.

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/1/2009 10:18 PM

    From Perfect Storm of Weeds to a beautiful low weed lawn by next summer.

    Amy, due to timing of when you planted, this and last year was a very tough year to start any new grass, even Pearl's Premium. This is due to last years August rains to compact the soil, three huricane remnants in September and this years late April 95 degree heat wave to wake up the weed seeds 6 weeks early. Then unbelievable rain to grow the weeds. Most had beautiful lawns inspit of this yet more weeds than normal and a few got your draw of the luck having to do with planting date. However, fear not, this was just a rare perfect storm of weather for weeds that should not happen again for a long while. On the postive side, you now have a beginning base crop of Pearl's Premium. If you cut your grass and weeds one inch high with a sharp blade to not damage your existing Pearl's Premium, Then, rake away the grass and weed clippings and heavily overseed with Pearl's Premium at 7-8 pounds per 1,000 sq feet and water for every day it does not rain. Then the Pearl's will slowly grow through the fall and spring when the weeds are dead or domand, so by next summer the weed seeds are shaded out by the 3-4 inch high dense Pearl's Premium Lawn seed grass and most of the crab grass never gets enough light to sprout and most of those annual weeds like crab grass will not come up! So you can go from a horrible lawn and 75-85% weeds to beautiful lawn and only 2-5 % weeds if you follow the instructions in the shipping box and start your Pearl's lawn soon.

  • Pam
    Pam
    9/1/2009 11:16 PM

    My parents have a Pearl's Premium lawn. It looks awesome, is low maintenance and environmentally-friendly. Less time cutting, watering and mowing, more time to enjoy the yard with family and friends!

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/2/2009 9:23 AM

    We are coming up to the perfect time of year to plant. Someone just emailed me from Andover asking what is the best time of year? Of course September is the best with May the second best time for reasons given above. I get people all over the country asking this. Well the way to find out for your region is to take a soil thermometer from any garden center that has a metal rod and stick it 3 inches down into moist, but not wet soil. When it says anywhere from 70 to 55 degrees F you are good to go. My yard in Wayland now says 70. Whereas 30 miles away it is 63 degrees. Both are perfect to plant asap. Again ground temperature not air temperature matters. In many areas there is an agricultural university you can call to get this info. But don't worry, if it feels comfortable on the cool side outside it is time to plant!

  • Ron
    Ron
    9/2/2009 10:10 AM

    I use Pearl's Premium in Worcester. It saves me time and water. I now cut my grass once a month instead of every week. I have not watered my lawn since May.

  • Josh
    Josh
    9/2/2009 10:32 AM

    We have installed Pearl’s Premium Ultra Low Maintenace grass seed on several projects and we are impressed with the results. It has a great appearance and excellent growth characteristics. We will continue to install Pearl’s Premium on as many projects as possible.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    9/2/2009 10:53 AM

    @Ron (and so many others) I am delighted you shared your experiences with Pearl’s Premium—even @Amy who did not have a successful first try. Your experience gave other people valuable information about how to use Pearl’s.



    And Jackson! You are such a wonderful resource for the Daily Grommet community. Where else could people get personalized, knowledegable lawn care advice, real-time. You have made this discussion so rich.



    @Everyone. We’ll tell the story of a new Grommet at noon but this exact info about Pearl’s will stay live on our site in perpetuity. You can refer people to the video, and continue to ask questions. We will watch and make sure Jackson knows if someone needs an answer. And….you can order here too in the months ahead…we will pass the orders on to Jackson. (But the free shipping does end at noon EST.)

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/2/2009 11:12 AM

    If you want to see a lawn or attend one of my Tips for the Ultimate Green Lawn and Home Workshops...I am giving a workshop at my house at 206 Lake Shore Dr, Wayland, MA at 1 pm on Saturday Sept 12th and repeated on Sat Sept 19th. You must rsvp to 508-653-0800 as space is limited and they do fill up.

    You can see a magnificent Pearl's Premium lawn and wrap around beautiful and breathtaking garden at an open house garden tour on Saturday the 12th of September at 233 Glen Road in Weston, MA. From 2-4 PM with a lecture on plantings by another expert. No RSVP required.

    So on the 12th you can come here at 1 pm for the green lawn and home crash course, then take a short tour of my sustainable house that will be producing 95% of its heating, cooling and energy from the sun and earth, then run just down the road for the garden tour and perennial workshop. a great triple header of info from 1 to 4 pm. The League of Womens Voters in Andover will be hosting activities, as well as towns all over the state have invited me to give workshops and I have a couple more open dates for workshops before they are all filled up for the fall. We can suggest someone to help you install the pearl's premium lawn seed. by calling 508-653-0800 or you can do it yourself. Again, you have only one hour left to buy these Ultra Low Maintenance Pearl's Premium seeds at the $9 off price when you look at the never before offered no shipping charged from the good folks at the Daily Grommet

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/2/2009 11:23 AM

    Thanks. The Daily Grommet is a really cool site and it has been fun answering lawn questions from all over the world and helping to share tips on how to have an ultimate "Green" Lawn with Pearl's Premium seeds. A lawn that saves time, money, water and is healthier for you, your children, your dog and the earth. A percentage of sales supports regional environmental education.

    As someone said above...Make the transition to an organic lawn with Pearl’s Premium lawn seed. You’ll enjoy less mowing, less watering and no runoff from harmful chemical fertilizers.

    Only 45 minutes left to ask any burning and green lawn question not already asked

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    9/11/2009 4:59 PM

    When will the product purchased on Sept.1 be shipped ? I am anxious to get started !! Thanks.

  • Jackson
    Jackson – Special Guest
    9/13/2009 5:44 AM

    Hi Beth and other proud purchasers of Pearl's Premium Ultra Low Maintenance Lawn Seed. The last of the orders just went out. We were back ordered on the very freshest of seed that just was just harvested, blended to our special patent pending mix and bagged fresh for you.

    We wanted to send grommet folks and our other customers only the very best, and it was worth a week of waiting to not send you any left over of this past seasons crop, although the grass is good for 18 months. We also wanted to make sure we were by that period of occasional early September heat wave and the peak of the potential hurricane season...that just pasted this weekend. You are now free to plant and enjoy in the north east and upper states. I would wait another week or two to plant, if you are further south until your soil temps come down to 70 degrees F. Please take before and after pictures to share your really "Green" lawn with Grommet and Pearl'sPremium. Installation instructions are in the box and answers to any other questions are at FAQ of www.PearlsPremium.com

    Regards, Jackson 508-653-0800

  • Adriana Poole
    Adriana Poole
    9/13/2009 10:52 AM

    Last fall I was looking for options on organic lawns. A neighbor saw the segment about Pearl's Premium on Channel 5 news and told me about it. My first feeling was that it was way too good to be true.but then I realized you probably can't go on T.V. with a fake claim. I had a Pearl’s Premium lawn installed by Jackson Madnick’s crew and every single claim he made on his website became a reality under my eyes. I have the best lawn in town and it's all done without any chemicals! Very few weeds, I am mowing it once per month - this is really the most amazing part of it! I don't need to water it, it has no grubs or other insects. Comparing to the other lawns all full of chemicals and watered several times per day by expensive sprinkle systems, my lawn has amazingly few weeds. How many? Well, so many that I have been successfully controlling them only by hand pulling them. The other nice feature is that my lawn is green all winter long. And here is another little secret not mentioned on the website: it repels mosquitoes! The landscaping company I use for the flower beds could not believe the extent of the root system of my lawn- the roots of my super grass are deep and almost impossible to penetrate, hard to get into to edge the flower beds! No wonder the weeds are having such a hard time! Keeping the grass about 3-4 inches long is also extremely helpful at preventing weeds since the roots are always shaded. I am going to follow Jackson's "recipe" further this fall and will have his team come once more and proceed with the overseeding of my new lawn. I can't recommend this seed highly enough - I feel fantastic about having this lawn not only because of the little work it requires but mostly because of the positive impact it has on my family and on the environment. I don't feel guilty for wasting natural resources or making my family sick from using chemicals or negatively impacting the environment just for the sake of having a green lawn! This is the real thing, a gardener's dream - go for it, you'll be very happy you did! The best of all is that you REALLY have to mow it ONCE a month, it is that slow growing.

  • LFS
    LFS
    11/26/2009 11:51 AM

    Will this grass seed work in the clay soil and warmer climate of North Carolina? If not,any ideas about where to find such?

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    11/26/2009 12:57 PM

    Hi - and Happy Thanksgiving LFS! We've let Jackson know that there's a question here for him to answer and he'll pop over to answer you as soon as he's able to.

    But for now, he did answer a question earlier which could be helpful: "There is a woman growing a Pearl's Premium lawn in South Carolina. So it can be done in the deep south, but their are a few special considerations. First you have to start it in the fall (not the spring) as soon as soil temps come down to 70 degrees F, when ever that is in your area. Follow the direction on the PearlsPremium.com web site for planting in the deep south which includes aerating and 1/4 inch of organic compost top spread and a few other tips, as well as cutting the grass 4 inches high to hold the moisture and have max depth roots. All this holds moisture, loosens the soil and insures 12 inch roots, that along with optional once a week deep watering during drought periods can help allow you to have a low maintenance lawn even in your super hot climate. But for the rest of us folks north of Washington DC to mid California northward, it is a piece of (chocolate) cake to have this kind of lawn."

    And I'm sure Jackson will weigh in if he has additional information regarding the clay soil in your region.

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    11/26/2009 6:55 PM

    Just a comment about growing Pearl's Premium in Atlanta. Up until about 6 months ago, we were in a 2 year drought.No rain and no sprinkler for my Fescue lawn so it burned up in the Georgia sun.I have a side yard (shade) and back yard (sun/shade) which were looking grim so when I saw Jackson's Grommet,I thought it was worth a shot. I followed his instructions carefully (aerate etc.)with the correct shade/sun seed and I now have beautiful grass.

    I can't wait until Spring for the full glory. I do have to say that since I started the process in mid-September, Atlanta has had glorious weather.. warm sun one day then soft showers the next so it has been the perfect setting.

    Jackson, I only regret that I forgot to take before pictures but will certainly send up successful after shots.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/11/2009 3:40 PM

    @LFS - regarding NC this is what Jackson says:

    "Jeanne's response covered it well. Again we have many people in N.C. growing our grass right now. Atlanta is significantly more south than N.C where it is growing. The info of material on our web site PearlsPremium.com under the FAQ section touches on planting in the deep south and the only other thing is to address the clay drainage factor, that she can put down a 1/4 inch of organic compost and core aerate, both will help with drainage before putting down the seed. If it is absolute clay to the surface with no soils, she will have to put down 3-4 inches of top soil before seeding."

    Here is the information about planting Pearl's Premium lawn seed in the Deep South from their website:

    Some people have had success with it in the deep south…by planting in the fall as soon as soil temperatures came down to 70 degrees F., to get the roots as deep as possible before summer heat and then they watered it deeply with an inch of water once or twice a week in the warmer months, watering at dawn. In southern climate aeration and top spreading 1/4 inch of organic compost is essential to help aerate the soil to achieve the deepest roots.

  • Susan Mastrangelo
    Susan Mastrangelo
    7/4/2010 11:50 AM

    This is more of a question. I do not know why, nut I can not grow grass in my yard. Now I,m down to nothing but dirt. My friend blames it on an old tree that is in other yard, and he blames the root of the tree, but other people have grass, and I,m sure the same roots. Will this product work in a yard like mine?? I have one dog, but I can walk him, and I usually do anyway. I miss grass, and I,ve tried everything I know. I,m doing something wrong, And I,m not bragging, and I know it,s different but I,m a good gardner when it comes to other plants, but grass, I,m missing something, besides the grass. Please let me know.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/4/2010 7:29 PM

    @Susan - we have forwarded your question on to Jackson and hopefully he can help you get some grass under your feet!

  • Mark Bradley
    Mark Bradley
    7/20/2010 12:38 PM

    Could Pearl's Premium grass seed be grown in the Southwest, Albuquerque, NM, to be exact?

  • Kathy
    Kathy
    8/1/2010 9:22 PM

    I was wondering if there was a way to get a mixture of the Sun and Shade Grasses in one Order. My back yard is sloped and part of it is in the sun a lot and some of it does not get much sun. That is one of the reasons I have problems, the other is because I have a dog, I was also wondering how well this stands up to pets. It sounds like a wonderful product and I am really interested, but would like to know about those 2 things first.

    Thanks so much,'

    Kathy Alvis

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/1/2010 9:50 PM

    @Mark - the seed was developed to thrive in more temperate regions. You may have success by using the deep south instructions discussed earlier. Good luck!

    @Kathy - One of its benefits is that it is pet friendly because it doesn't require chemicals to thrive. The seed comes in 5 lb bags, and yes, you can get a 5 lb bag of sun seed and also a 5 lb bag of shade seed in the same order.

  • Larry
    Larry
    10/19/2010 10:12 PM

    What is the price of this product?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/20/2010 5:39 PM

    @Larry Twitchell: It looks like it is currently out-of-stock, I will look into this and get back to you!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/20/2010 6:19 PM

    @Larry Twitchell: Looking at this further the product is not out of stock and is now displaying properly with its price. Thank you for bringing it to our attention!

  • Belinda Ellis
    Belinda Ellis
    4/27/2011 1:18 PM

    How well does PP do in the lower regions, specifically, Houston, TX. I saw some other comments, but wondered if anyone has reported use here. This sounds like a wonderful product!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/27/2011 2:49 PM

    @Belinda Ellis: the Pearl's Premium blend is really optimized for the more Northern climates but Jackson is hard at work creating a blend for the Southern climates.

  • Chris
    Chris
    5/18/2011 7:35 AM

    I recently renovated my backyard by knocking down several trees and large bushes in an effort to make more play room for my 2yr old son. I am looking for something that will start to grow on about 2-3 weeks. Is this the right product for me? It sounds great and has very good reviews I'm just afraid I may not see grass until late summer. I live in the SE part of Pennsylvania.

    thanks for your help

    Chris

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/18/2011 9:05 AM

    @Chris : I planted some last fall and yes, it started growing in the 2-3 week time frame. Right now is the perfect time to be planting.

  • Tonya
    Tonya
    6/1/2011 10:43 AM

    Can this grass survive in Florida? I have two huge trees in my backyard that provide a LOT of shade and prevent most grass from thriving so I'm wondering if this product will work. Please let me know!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/1/2011 11:11 AM

    @Tonya: This particular blend does not fare as well in the deep south.

  • s Conley
    s Conley
    6/22/2011 9:28 AM

    How will this grass fare in the Hampton Roads are of Virginia?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/22/2011 12:03 PM

    @s Conley: Jackson says the grass works the best in areas north of Washington DC, so it could take a little extra love to grow in Virginia. There have, however, been successful Pearl's Premium lawns grown as far south as South Carolina, so there is plenty of hope for your yard. Jackson does have some tips for areas around VA, though! He suggests to start the installation in the fall, rather than in the spring, when the temperatures have dropped below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to aerate your lawn and use 14/inch of organic compost top spread. Lastly, cut the grass at 4 inches high. If it's very hot and dry, you might have to give your lawn a weekly deep watering as well.

    Good luck creating a much greener lawn! I'm sure the wildlife refuge and all the beaches down there will appreciate you making an effort to keep an environmentally friendly back yard. We'd love to hear how it turns out.

  • Jay
    Jay
    7/19/2011 11:51 PM

    Please tell me if this grass will do well in San Diego, Ca. Also, what time of year would be best to seed since Sept. is still quite a warm month in So Cal.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/20/2011 9:15 AM

    @Jay: This mixture was really engineered for cooler climates. If you're willing to take a chance Jackson says that some people have had success with it in the deep south…by planting in the fall as soon as soil temperfatures came down to 70 degrees F., to get the roots as deep as possible before summer heat and then they watered it deeply with an inch of water once or twice a week in the warmer months, watering at dawn. In southern climate aeration and top spreading 1/4 inch of organic compost is essential to help aerate the soil to achieve the deepest roots.

  • coleen
    coleen
    10/9/2011 1:10 AM

    So, can it seems that it can't take the heat such as that in Oklahoma? I am looking to plant grass now to get it started and not wait until next spring. I am not sure if this would be something that would work or not. I like the fact that it doesn't need water as we need to watch our water supply.

    Thanks

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/9/2011 8:37 PM

    @coleen: There are people further south having success. You will need to work a little harder at it though. This is what Jackson says: "There is a woman growing a Pearl's Premium lawn in South Carolina. So it can be done in the deep south, but their are a few special considerations. First you have to start it in the fall (not the spring) as soon as soil temps come down to 70 degrees F, when ever that is in your area. Follow the direction on the PearlsPremium.com web site for planting in the deep south which includes aerating and 1/4 inch of organic compost top spread and a few other tips, as well as cutting the grass 4 inches high to hold the moisture and have max depth roots. All this holds moisture, loosens the soil and insures 12 inch roots, that along with optional once a week deep watering during drought periods can help allow you to have a low maintenance lawn even in your super hot climate. But for the rest of us folks north of Washington DC to mid California northward, it is a piece of (chocolate) cake to have this kind of lawn."

  • Cindy Wilson
    Cindy Wilson
    5/4/2012 1:18 PM

    Just wanted to let you know - my bag of seeds ariived a few weeks ago. Thank you for locating my order! I'm looking forward to giving this grass seed a try, though I live in Central Alabama. I'll wait till fall just as they suggested, and see what happens! Hope the seeds take root and give me a manageable lawn. It's iffy, I know, but - nothing tried, nothing gained! Thank you so much! You've put out so many delightful products, and I've enjoyed quite a few of them!

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/7/2012 2:11 PM

    @Cindy Wilson: We're glad your seeds arrived safely. Do stop by in the Fall & rave (we hope) about your new lawn ;0) We're happy you enjoy our other discoveries too & hope you'll spread the word about us too. Thank you!

  •  Lori
    Lori
    9/21/2012 9:34 AM

    JUST learning about this now, due to recent email received from D.G. Any chance you're running any specials THIS September? We would love to try this on our lawn, but money is extremely tight for us and we have a BIG lawn! THANKS!!!

  •  Jo
    Jo
    9/24/2012 7:49 AM

    I live in southwestern N.C. just above Ga. will this seed work in my area?

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