grass seed for shade
I'm renovating my front yard (2700 sq ft) in Richmond, Virginia which has a medium size maple on one side shading about half the yard (about as high as the house, which is 2 story with attic) and a large maple at the corner along the street. There is some sun, especially on the side across from the red maple. At Southern States, they recommended Falcon III for a mostly shady lawn. I got a 40 lb. bag. But now I'm wondering if perhaps I should have gotten a blend instead. I called back and they have something called Shadescape Blend which has Henry Hard fescue, Silver Lawn creeping red fescue, and One G Squared perennial ryegrass.
I had a soil test done and VA Tech recommended just potash, 0-0-50 or 0-0-60, and then just nitrogen, like 33-0-0. Southern States had the just potash and for just nitrogen they had 21-0-0. So I got a bag of each, though I only need about 1/4 of the bags. The 21-0-0 is probably a fast-acting nitrogen and I wonder if I should have gotten a slower-acting kind instead. VA Tech said if those weren't available, I could use something like 21-7-21, though the potassium wasn't needed. I don't want to burn up the new grass with the wrong kind of nitrogen. If the 21-0-0 is okay to use, I suppose I could put down another application later in the fall and then some in the early spring and eventually use it up. I also needed to add a lot of lime (140 lb per 1000 sq ft). I've put some down (120 lb) and also got a bag of Solucal, which advertises that it works quickly and one bag equals four of regular lime. I was going to do three different applications of the lime but maybe I can just do another one (instead of two more) with the Solucal? Can I do that now when I plant the grass? The first application (of regular lime) was last week. Right now I'm waiting for Roundup to do its thing and I may need to do another application of Roundup so it's going to be a couple of weeks before I plant anything.