Shade Savant is a fine textured mixture that provides ornamental value even in areas plagued with shade which limits turfgrass growth. This product was initially tested for drought tolerance and was found to be more drought tolerant than any of its individual ingredients, exhibiting additive effects! This product will adapt to the level of sunlight exposure, whether planted in full sun or deep shade. Shade Savant is quick to establish and will become a fine fescue-based plant community with enhanced traffic tolerance and color.
When to Plant Seed
Best results are obtained when seeding in the early spring or fall, when daily temperatures range between 60˚F and 80˚F, as these conditions are ideal for seedling growth.
Spring Planting: Plant in early spring when temperatures are between 55˚F and 80˚F. This allows time for the seed to grow and establish before facing the hot, dry conditions of summer.
Fall Planting: Plant in the late summer or early fall when daily temperatures are consistently between 65˚F and 80˚F. Fall is a great time for planting because the warm days and cool nights promote growth.
- Planting Area Preparation:
New Lawns: Remove all debris from planting area and rake or till to loosen the top 2in to 3in of soil. Level area and grade to drain away
Overseeding Established Lawns: Mow the lawn as short as possible, rake thoroughly to remove any debris or dead grass and expose the soil.
Bare Spots: Rake to loosen the top 1/4in of soil.
Apply Fertilizer at its recommended rate. This ensures the soil has the right proportion of nutrients new grass plants need to become an established, healthy lawn.
Sow evenly over the planting area at the recommended rate. For new lawns and when treating bare spots gently rake seed into soil.
- Care & Maintenance:
Watering: Keep soil moist by lightly watering 2 to 3 times daily until seed emergence is complete (2 to 4 weeks). Continue to water until the lawn has reached establishment (after 3rd or 4th mowing) then water as needed. pro tip: A typical established lawn requires 1/2in of water twice a week or more, in absence of rainfall. Frequent and light watering will hydrate the turfgrass crown and reduce plant desiccation during periods of hot and dry weather. deep and infrequent irrigation can be used in areas where above ground irrigation is utilized, when the amount of days available to irrigate may be limited.
Mowing: Plan to mow at 2-3in. waiting for the plants to grow to approximately 3-4.5in. tall. pro tip: avoid cutting off more than a third of the blade at once; it shocks and depletes nutrients within the plant.
Feeding: Regular fertilizer feedings are critical to overall turf health and vigor. Apply a follow-up feeding of fertilizer 4-6 weeks after establishment. Pro Tip: For best results, fertilize 1-2 times a year following an annual lawn care program. See store associate, visit our website, or contact your local county extension agency for a program that is right for your area.
Weed Control: Do not apply a weed control product until seed has germinated and is established after the 3rd or 4th mowing. pro tip: weeds steal valuable nutrients and water from the grass. By practicing good mowing, irrigation, and fertility habits, you significantly reduce weed competition and have a healthier, better performing lawn. When an herbicide application is required, read the label thoroughly for details on target species and restrictions of when and how to apply. The label is the law.