We have a small lot with a couple of areas about 20' x 20' where we would like to put in lawn. We prefer to have something low-maintenance and with low water requirements, and having looked at various resources, I was considering using a combination of wheatgrass and clover. I had been considering using Fairway and/or Ephraim wheatgrass, but having read a bunch of posts by bpgreen, I am now also considering using Streambank and Western wheatgrass. I haven't been able to find any information on this board regarding Fairway wheatgrass, but maybe someone can help me compare these, and hopefully advise me about the suitability for my lawn areas.
I am in northern Idaho, zone 6, where we get 24"-27" of annual precipitation. Quite a bit of that is usually snow, and there is basically no precipitation in July and August. One of the hopeful lawn areas is a pretty significant slope (about 1' drop for every 3'), and has previously been covered with landscape fabric and bark. The other area was previously gravel, and we are putting topsoil in here on which to plant.
I had thought that we would need to really break up the soil on the slope in order to plant, but I have seen in some posts that tilling is not recommended. Do I just rake it a bit to loosen it, and that's good enough? I also see from bpgreen that these grasses do well with dormant seeding, which sounds like a great way to go.
The grass is intended to be play areas for our kids, so it would need to tolerate quite a bit of traffic, and would hopefully establish pretty quickly so that they could use it next summer. Would some types of wheatgrass, along with clover, be appropriate for our lawn here? If not, do you have other recommendations? What is the best preparation and planting method, particularly for the slope? Any advice and guidance offered would be greatly appreciated, as we have never planted a lawn before.
Thank you for your time and consideration.