quick 'which seed?' thread
I'm in northern Ohio and planning on over seeding shortly. When I bought the house 4 years ago, the front yard had 3 very large pine trees and a large Maple. I have since removed the pines about 2 years ago and the maple remains in the middle of the front lawn. This year was the first year I had a decent looking lawn, but very far from perfect.
The main front lawn is approx. 55 x 70 and is on the West side of house. The tree is slightly off center to the North a bit. 60% of the lawn gets sun for I'd say most of the day, while closer to the Maple, not so much sun.The lawn is bumpy and not level from the pines being removed and the remaining roots. This weekend I pulled the rest of the knuckles I could find and am leveling the lawn best as possible. I've been through 5 yards of top soil and am probably bringing in 5 more tomorrow. Prior to the soil I cut the lawn down to the lowest setting, did a VERY heavy de-thatch and also plug aerated. It's looking like by the time I'm done, most of the lawn will be fresh bare soil.
So although an "overseed" I'm kind of considering it a chance to start over. I'll be ready and want to get the seed down next week, so I'm hoping to get some quick answers so if I have to order online I can get it done.
I have fairly good knowledge on the cool season grasses, and have researched my a** off, but can't make a final decision. Currently sprinkler watered, but may be putting in irrigation system in spring. I also was on the scotts 4 step this year, but may go organic.
So, I'd almost consider my lawn half full sun and half shade. A sun & shade mix sounds right, but what percentages of each? How much shade can KBG really handle? SHould I lean more shade grass or more sun?
I've came down to thinking a KBG, perennial rye, red fescue mix should due. But, again, some are heavy on one end or the other. HELP!
Here are two I've been tossing around. One is local one is online.
30% Kentucky Bluegrass
15% Revenge GLX Perennial Ryegrass
15% Apple GL Perennial Ryegrass
15% Intrigue Chewings Fescue
15% Edgewood or Celestial Creeping Red
10% Amazing GS Perennial Ryegrass
40% Midnight Kentucky Bluegrass (Improved KBG Variety)
40% Perennial Ryegrasses selected from the following varieties: Applaud, Integra, Shining Star, or Wind Dance.
20% Creeping Red Fescue - Lustrous or Boreal
I'm open to other suggestions...