We know. There are tons of different kinds of grass seed. And mixtures for every different area. So we decided to keep it simple: 1 for sun & part shade & the other for shade.
Black Beauty Shady Mix
Sun: 3hr. of sun to full shade
New Lawn: 1lb. per 300 Sq. Ft.
Overseeding: 1lb. per 600 Sq. Ft.
Emerald Valley Tri-Fescue
Sun: 3hr. of sun to full sun
New Lawn: 1lb. per 100 Sq. Ft.
Overseeding: 1lb. per 300 Sq. Ft.
So why do we feel that we only need 2 kinds of grass seed?
There are 3 basic types of grass: rye grass, fescue grass, & blue grass. The rest of the different kinds are mostly blends of these different kinds. We do not like blending different types of grass seed because in the long run the best grass will take over. Why not start with the best one and forget the rest?
So what is the best grass seed? Let's look at some pros & cons:
Rye grass is good for applications where grass needs to come up fast. It has the quickest germination time, but it does not live long. So in the long run, it is not good.
Blue grass has a nice fine blade. It makes a very nice lawn. But it does not hold up well in drought or Summer heat.
Tall fescue is a very hardy grass. It roots very deep so that it can withstand drought & heat. However, most tall fescue (such as Kentucky 31) has a wide blade.
We use a turf-type tall fescue. It has the durability of fescue, but the fine, soft blades of blue grass. It does very well in poor soils.