Pearl's Premium mixes are blended from premium seeds with high germination rates. However, many conditions conspire to affect the speed of germination. In many cases the seed germinates in as little as 5 to 7 days. In other cases, seed can take more than two weeks to germinate. Remember, one of the real benefits of Pearl's Premium is its slow growth rate. So, germination can take time and even after initial germination the grass can be barely visible for some time. If you haven't seen germination after three weeks, it may indicate that the seed was planted too deep (never sow deeper than 1/4" into soil) or that weather or soil conditions were very unfavorable. If you haven't seen grass pop up after three weeks, contact us. We'd like to hear what conditions you experienced and offer our advice to ensure you get proper germination. Be sure to follow installation instructions carefully for best results!
Q: If my lawn is very healthy, can I still transition to Pearl's Premium?
A: Yes, you can. However, additional effort will be required. First, stop applying any fertilizer 3 months before over-seeding. Second, kill the existing lawn with an organic grass and weed killer like Phydura. Third, follow the detailed over-seeding installation instructions. Once installed, you should closely follow the low maintenance lawn care instructions to help the Pearl's Premium out-compete any remaining old lawn and expect to over-seed the second season to continue the transition.
Q: What spreader setting should I use when spreading Pearl's Premium grass seed?
A: We don't give spreader settings because they tend to be very inaccurate and are designed for a single pass, which can result in very uneven coverage. Instead, we provide an illustration of the ideal seed concentration on the back of the bag. We recommend spreading on the lowest possible setting that releases seed and make two or three passes at right angles to ensure full coverage. This requires a little more time, but we've found gets a much better result than a single pass with the spreader.