Pearl's Premium is a low-maintenance and drought-tolerant grass seed that needs little or no water and very little mowing. The company recommends using organic fertilizer or compost once or twice a year, which reduces the harmful runoff that is typical of today's landscaping.
Pearl's Premium is a blend of five native or adapted fescues (grass species) - meaning it is not genetically modified.
Pearl's Premium comes in three varieties:
• Sunny Mixture: areas that receive 50-100% sunlight during the day
• Shady Mixture: areas that receive less than 50% sunlight or deep shade (no direct or little sun)
• Sun-Shade Mixture: areas that receive substantial sunlight to substantial shade
Pearl's Premium Lawn Seed: Cost and Savings
On the company's website, it retails for $35.95 for a 5 lb bag (1,000 square feet), $165.95 for a 25 lb bag (5,000 square feet), and $295.95 for a 50 lb bag (10,000 square feet).
The company claims that the product will pay for itself in a few weeks because of the money saved on water, fertilizer and treatments.
Pearl's Premium grass blend requires little or no watering, which means it can help to qualify a building project for LEED certification.
According to LEED for New Construction, Pearl's Premium could contribute to Water Efficiency (WE) Credit 1: Water Efficient Landscaping (2-4 points). This credit requires either a 50% reduction of potable water use for irrigation (2 points) or no potable water use or irrigation (4 points).
Pearl's Premium would most likely contribute to a 50% reduction of potable water use, which would add 2 points.
Also, it could potentially eliminate the need for irrigation, which would earn 4 points. Alternatively, the grass could be watered using captured rainwater or graywater, which would also earn the 4 points.