Help me select a seed mix of cool season grasses
Hi! I am new to posting on the lawn forum but have been reading it for some time. I would love some help figuring out what type of lawn to plant...
We are getting ready to seed a new lawn (about 2000 sq. ft) in the back of our house. We have killed all the existing vegetation, added amendments, raked out the rocks, and installed a sprinkler system. I have purchased 4 bags of Strawnet to mulch over the seed once it has been laid down.
We would like to spread the seed soon before temps drop too much (we live at 6000 ft.). I am having the hardest time deciding on what kind of seed to plant. These are our criteria:
-Would like to reduce mowing to 1 every 2 wks (ideally).
-Cut down on our water usage but will water if/when necessary.
-Medium amount of traffic...a 4 year old doing cartwheels but no dogs. May want to have some lawn chairs scatted around.
-We are against using weed and feed type chemicals so will hand weed, but prefer a healthy turf that will out compete weeds. Willing to spread corn gluten meal.
-Clay soil but good drainage.
-Mostly sunny, but in a few years will have filtered shade for a few hours everyday from Aspens (yes, I know they will grow into the lawn).
-Stay pretty green and soft during the heat of the summer. July can have weeks with the high temps in the 80s and 90s.
I am considering the following mixes: Eco Lawn by Wildflower Farms; Enviro-turf by Bluestem nursery; Defiance XRE Blue; Seedland Traditional Fine Fescue Seed Mix; or a Tall Fescue mix from a local nursery. I would also considering mixing any of these or even my own.
The first two are a fine fescue mix, the second also having 20% perennial rye in there too. Defiance XRE Blue is 90% Tall fescue and 10% Kentucky Blue.
Here are some questions I have:
-Can I mix a tall fescue mix with a fine fescue mix for more diversity or would this create all sorts of problems?
-Will the KBG eventually out compete the Tall Fescues in the Defiance mix?
-Is it a problem or a benefit to have the perennial rye mixed in with the fine fescues? I have read perennial rye needs more water and fertilizer than fine fescues.
Thanks ahead of time for any advice!!