Pennington - The Grass Seed People: Cutivating your trust for three generaltions by providing the finest grass seed you can buy. Pennington has been providing quality grass seed products since 1945. Products bearing the Pennington Seed name have been specially grown and carefully selected to help you grow better grass.

    Our Highest Quality Seed: All Smart Seed products are pure-bred, drought tolerant and guaranteed to grow the thick and healthy grass you want while using up to 30% less water than ordinary grasses year after year.

    The Rebels Brand: Extended Root seed varieties grow up to 40% more roots at deeper depths. The Rebels products deeper, denser root system improves nutrient uptake, maximizes drought resistance and enhances a lawn’s ability to thrive under stress.

    We work hard every day to cultivate the best grass seed products available, so you can seed your yard with peace of mind. Every bag of grass seed you purchase from Pennington is backed by years of research and grown by farmers we know and trust.

    Our products are bred to not only look better but also be more water-efficient and disease-resistant. Our competitors will try to sell you lesser-quality products. We think it’s only right to sell you the best.

    From our headquarters in Madison, Georgia—to our state-of-the-art research facilities in the Willamette Valley in Oregon—we are The Grass Seed People. And we’ve been dedicated to providing you the best grass seed on the market since 1945. 

    Since 1945
    Pennington has taken pride in calling ourselves The Grass Seed People. Grass seed is our passion. Our obsession. We make it our number one priority to help you grow the thick, healthy grass you want by making our seed the very best it can be. We're proud to say that our seed is the #1 selling in the industry and are determined to keep it that way by staying true to the Pennington way: creating the best products available in bags filled with 100% seed. That’s Honest Green.

    Highway 160, Greenfield Industrial Park, Greenfield, MO 65661
    Email:     Contact:     Mark Shull
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    Types Of Grass Seed

    Bahiagrass: Bahiagrass is valued for outstanding drought and heat tolerance and an ability to thrive where many lawn grasses falter. Its use in lawns occurs in a very limited region of the southeastern United States. Within this area, Bahiagrass produces a relatively durable, low-growing, low-maintenance turf. Read everything you need to know about Bahiagrass in our resources.

    Bermudagrass: Bermudagrass is valued for its exceptional heat and drought tolerance and a capacity to withstand heavy use and recuperate quickly. This combination of qualities leads many lawn owners in the United States to rely on Bermudagrass for its toughness and resilience. Read everything you need to know about Bermudagrass in our resources.

    Centipede Grass: Centipede grass is known for its excellent heat tolerance and extremely low maintenance requirements. A favorite of lawn owners interested in minimal upkeep, Centipede grass requires far less attention and input than other grasses in its growing region. However, Centipede has very specific climate and soil requirements that limit its use in the United States, primarily in the Southeast. Read everything you need to know about Centipede Grass in our resources.

    Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue: Kentucky 31, known in the seed industry as KY-31 or K-31, helped tall fescue grasses transition from livestock pasture grasses to lush, durable, manicured lawns. It is valued for easy establishment, drought resistance and improved heat tolerance over many other tall fescue varieties. Read everything you need to know about Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue in our resources.

    Kentucky Bluegrass: For many lawn owners in the United States, Kentucky bluegrass is synonymous with the ideal lawn. When given its preferred growing conditions and proper care, this grass produces a dense, lush, durable lawn that lives up to its reputation. This grass requires a relatively high level of maintenance to look its best, but results can be worth it. Read everything you need to know about Kentucky Bluegrass in our resources.

    Northeast Grass Mix: The cool, humid climate of the American Northeast is tough on plants, including lawn grasses. The Northeast's cold, long winters and disease-provoking dampness call for superior grass seed varieties bred and mixed specifically to meet the rigors of the region. From Maine to Delaware, choosing a premium grass mix designed to meet the region's challenges can help you achieve a thicker, lusher, superior Northeast lawn. Read everything you need to know about Northeast Grass Mix in our resources.

    Perennial Ryegrass: This hard-working grass is valued for its fast germination rate and quick establishment, which makes it a valuable component in permanent and temporary lawns. Under proper growing conditions in suitable regions, perennial ryegrass forms a lush, fine-bladed lawn that maintains its color into winter. Read everything you need to know about Perennial Ryegrass in our resources.

    Tall Fescue: Tall fescue is valued for its adaptability to a wide range of climates and its tolerances for cold, heat, drought and shade. In its preferred growing zones, tall fescue provides lawn owners with outstanding options for improving lawn resilience and durability. Read everything you need to know about Tall Fescue in our resources.

    Zoysia Grass: Zoysia grass is known for its ability to stand up to heat, drought, heavy foot traffic and a variety of other challenges. In its optimal growing zones, this tough grass can deliver a beautiful, dense lawn with very little input from you. Read everything you need to know about Zoysia Grass in our resources.

    Sun and Shade Grass: Lawn grasses vary in the amount of sun they need to stay healthy, look great and perform well. Some types need full, direct sun all day to do their very best. That can be a problem when your landscape is a mix of sun and shade. Shade trees, shrubs and buildings all create shady areas that shift throughout the day and throughout the year. Read everything you need to know about Sun and Shade Grass in our resources.

    Grass Seed Recommendation By Region

    Whether establishing a new lawn or maintaining an existing one, matching the best cool- or warm-season grasses to your growing region is critical. Choosing the Pennington grass seed that's suited to your location and goals will help you achieve desired results. By choosing premium lawn grasses designed specifically for regional factors such as humidity, aridity and elevation, you ensure your lawn has every advantage for success:

    Northeast Region: Cool-season grasses, such as bluegrasses, ryegrasses and fescues, prevail in the Northeast region of the United States. Northeast lawns need grasses that prefer cool temperatures and naturally resist diseases prevalent in this region. Read more about Northeast region grass seed recommendations in our seed resources.

    Midwest Region: The Midwest heartland is a cool-season growing region with humidity levels that vary. The Midwest's eastern states experience humidity similar to the Northeast, but in western states encounter arid conditions. Bluegrasses dominate, but ryegrasses and fescues also do well with sufficient irrigation in the region's more arid western portions. Read more about Midwest region grass seed recommendations in our seed resources.

    Southeast Region: Heat and humidity in the Southeast region create a warm, humid zone that stretches from the Atlantic Coast into Texas. Warm-season grasses dominate in this climate. Bermudagrass is the leading lawn grass in the Southeast and across the U.S. southern tier. Read more about Southeast region grass seed recommendations in our seed resources.

    Deep South and Gulf Coast RegionWhere high heat and humidity intensify in the Deep South and Gulf Coast, Bahiagrass and Centipede grass are common. Extremely drought and heat tolerant, these grasses stand up to the region's climate and water restrictions. Read more about Deep South and Gulf Coast region grass seed recommendations in our seed resources.

    Southwest Region: Beginning in Texas and stretching into Southern California, this region combines saline water and alkaline soil with intense sunlight, high temperatures and varying elevations. Resilient Bermudagrass is widely used in the region, but sufficient watering is essential. Read more about Southwest region grass seed recommendations in our seed resources.

    Pacific Northwest Region: Like the Midwest, the West/Northwest region presents diverse growing conditions. Cool, arid inland areas from Montana and Wyoming westward welcome cool-season grasses when adequately irrigated. In this area, east of the Cascade Mountain Range extending from Washington to Northern California, bluegrasses and tall fescues are preferred. West of the Cascades, cool temperatures and the humidity of the coastal Pacific Northwest create conditions similar to the Northeast. Read more about Pacific Northwest region grass seed recommendations in our seed resources.

    Transition Region: Known to lawn care professionals and enthusiasts as the transition zone, this area covers the central tier of states from the Atlantic Coast west through Kansas. Different climatic zones —cool, warm, humid and arid — collide in this region. Winters are too cold for warm-season grass survival, and summers are too hot for cool-season types. Read more about Transition region grass seed recommendations in our seed resources.


    Pennington’s story began in a small seed store on Main Street in Madison, Georgia in 1945. Brooks Pennington, Sr., the company’s founder, originally started out supplying the local farmers and ranchers with quality cotton, soybean and agricultural grass seeds.


    As Brooks Pennington, Jr. began running the business, Pennington moved out of the retail seed business and set its sights on supplying agricultural seed to retailers across the southeastern U.S. The company began to concentrate on the grass seed business, first for pastures and forage products and later for lawns and turf. As the company’s grass seed business grew, Pennington found itself growing the best grass seed on the market. Over the years, Pennington extended its growing facilities into Missouri, Arizona and eventually to the fertile Willamette Valley in Oregon.

    Pennington Today:

    Today, Pennington is a part of the Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT) family of brands, with over 1,000 employees and over 16,000 dealers worldwide.

    Grass seed has become our expertise over the last several decades, and we remain dedicated to providing the finest grass seed in the industry. Unlike our competition, we have a close relationship with our farmers, whom we can trust to produce high-quality grass seed. With 39,000 acres of grass farms in Oregon alone, it’s important we give back to the farmers that give to us.

    Not only do we grow our grass in the U.S.A., but we have the largest private grass seed research facility in the U.S.A., NexGen Turf Research. Along with partnerships at various universities, our research-based breeding program enables us to grow only the best grasses science can deliver.


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