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The Number One Most Asked Question:

Q: Do I have to rip up my old lawn to put in Pearl's Premium?
A: No, you can over-seed an existing lawn with Pearl's Premium. However, effort is required, particularly if you have a healthy, organic lawn. Read our Installation Instructions for Over-seeding Existing Lawns.

Ways To Make The Most of Your Lawn

Each year, American homeowners collectively spend millions and millions of dollars on lawn care products -- everything from drought resistant grass to ultra-organic mulch, new sprinkler head that use less water and computer controls that tie into the local weather to use less water when it is not so hot or rain is predicted. Consumers are more than willing to snap it up to latest fad or innovation. But if you aren't using the right basic lawn care "best management practices" and techniques -- the grass -- is going to suffer and you waste time, money and water. And it will make the rest of your yard suffer too, no matter how much money you pour into it. And lastly, you will not save dramatic amounts of time, money and water on your lawn. The following tips help you to work smart not hard and have the best lawn on your street.

So, here are easy strategies to keep in mind when buying and using grass seeds, in order to get the healthiest and most beautiful lawn possible:

  1. SOIL TEST: If you really aren't sure where to start, it's a good idea to have a soil analysis done before buying anything for your lawn. By figuring out what kind of soil you're dealing with and what it needs -- the pH level, the amount of moisture, the organic materials that naturally thrive in it -- and if you are missing anything in the soil or have too much of something that can be corrected. You can do this to give your grass the best odds to have a natural state and outcompete the weeds. Your grass is only as good as your soil and the choice of grass seed you use. How to take a soil test? Take a big table spoon or small trowel sample of your soil from a half dozen random spots in you yard from the top 3 inches in soil. Mix those soil samples together in a baggie. After you dry out the blended soil sample on a piece of news paper, then send to the UMASS Amherst soil Lab. They have a test for around $15 that comes back in a week and tells you what you need to do to correct your soil. You just want them to know that the soil test is for grass and the ideal pH for Pearl's Premium and many grasses is to be between 6.0 and 6.8. If pH is lower, you spread 40# of pellet lime per 1,000 sq feet. If pH is higher, you use a small amount of sulphur to bring the pH down...do not over do it. The test may recommend a number of other simple things that can be done.
  2. USE CERTIFIED ORGANIC FERTILIZER OR ORGANIC COMPOST and no chemical weed and feed pesticides / products. Use organic fertilizers or better yet spread a 1/4 inch of organic compost over the soil as a bed for the grass seed. These tend to be the best choices for anyone trying to augment their soil to have better more weed free grass. Organic Fertilizer or better yet Organic Compost is slow release, whereas chemical fertilizer is quick release and can burn the lawn if you use too much and the chemicals makes the soil less permeable so more water runs off rather than getting to your roots. Lastly, chemical fertilizer is of a higher health risk to children, animals, drinking water. and reduces the world's bee population...needed for food pollination. Due to the health and Bee issue, Europe has banned chemical fertilizer with pesticides as well all as parts of North America. The number of Americans who use all-natural lawn products is rising exponentially -- back in 2008, it was estimated that as many as 12 million households used only all-natural products -- and the lawn care industry is responding to this demand and the writing on the wall, by making more organic products more affordable than ever.
  3. LEAVE THE CLIPPINGS. Instead of raking up grass clippings into piles and disposing of them, simply leaving them in your yard after you mow with a mulching mower or a mulching blade you can get for an ordinary mower. By allowing the clippings to return to the soil and act as an all-natural mulch, this fertilizes your soil and helps hold moisture. This is a great way to ensure that none of the natural nutrients in your lawn clippings are taken away and this provides half of the nutrients your lawn needs.
  4. ALWAYS USE A SHARP BLADE. A sharp blade cuts the grass, whereas a dull blade tears the grass, creates 3 times the surface area at the cut and lets moisture out and disease in. Sharpen your blade after every ten hours of mowing, with a simple file, just file at the angle of the bevel. But always unplug the spark plug first before sharpening so it can not start up accidentally.
  5. MOW THE GRASS TALLER. Mow the grass ideally 3.5 inches tall to maximize roots and shade the soil to prevent all the weed seeds on the soil (like crab grass and all the other annual weeds) from sprouting. Tall thick grass not only has few weeds but grows slower and needs less water.
  6. USE AN ALL NATURAL DEEP ROOT GRASS SEED. Many of the common grasses in lawns everywhere do not belong here and require too much water, because they grow so fast they need more water to support that growth and have such shallow 2-3 inch roots, they can not survive without daily watering in heat. Whereas the all natural Pearl's Premium Ultra Low Maintenance Lawn Seed grows 12 to 14 inch roots and grows very slow, so it looks better in extreme heat and cold, as well as needs 1/4 the water and 1/4 the mowing and has less weeds without chemicals.
  7. SEE OUR TIPS ON PREVENTING WEEDS AND HAVING A BETTER LAWN AT OUR WEBSITE www.PearlsPremium.com and see our Frequently Asked Questions section. If that does not answer your questions, contact the helpful people at Pearl's Premium at 508-653-0800

Pearl’s Premium Ultra Low Maintenance Lawn Seed Frequently Asked Questions

Product Specification Sheets (PDF)

Sunny Mix

Shady Mix

Sun/Shade Mix

Expanded FAQs View - click here

Q: What should I do to prepare my newly planted lawn for the winter? The Pearl’s Premium grass is now 2-3 inches tall; the remaining old grass is about five inches tall, and I have a lot of fallen leaves in some areas. Should I mow? Should I blow or rake the leaves off of the new grass?

A: In the fall, use a leaf blower to remove most of the leaves. If you do not have a blower, carefully rake away dry leaves. Then, check to make sure your mower blade is sharp. For this final fall cut, reset the mower to a lower setting, so you’re cutting the lawn down to 2 ½ inches high (during the summer, set the sharpened mower blade higher, so the grass stays 3-4 inches tall at all times). It’s OK to leave a small amount of leaves on the lawn to be mulched in by your mulching lawn mower for the final cut of the fall season. Continue to use the leaf blower periodically to keep leaves from shading the grass, and so that acids from a heavy layer of decomposing leaves don’t kill the new grass.

Next spring, it is good to over-seed once more in the early spring with Pearl's Premium Lawn seed, and put down a little organic fertilizer to help your lawn thicken up. The grass needs to be at least 3 ½ inches high to shade the soil before the annual crab grass seeds sprout when the soil temperature reaches 70 degrees F. Most of the annual Crab grass is easy to get rid of with tall cut and thick seeding of Pearl's Premium grass. Perennial weeds like Creeping Charlie may get an early start, so some hand-pulling may also be helpful. See also weed tips at the end of our installation instructions.

Q: How can I store my seed over the winter?

A: If properly stored below 90 degrees and above 40 degrees, the seed will last 18 months from the testing date on the back of the bag. It can be used after that, but will have a lower sprouting rate. If you have unopened bags of seed left over, just store it. If opened, just seal up our self-sealing bag, squeezing out excess air. Whether you plan to overseed in the early spring or did not get a chance to get your seed in this fall, properly stored seed will be ready for use in the spring. Keep your seed from freezing by storing it in your cool dry basement (not your unheated garage or shed). Place the bags in a plastic tub or metal container so mice can not get to these tasty seeds!

Q: Is Pearl’s Premium good for sun, shade and deep shade?
A: Pearl's Premium will grow well almost anywhere. (Unless the soil stays wet all the time or does not drain). We have two different seed mixes, each custom blended for different amounts of sun. Choose either the "Sunny Mix" for areas with full sun down to 50% sun per day or the "Shady Mix", for 50 percent sun or partial to full shade.