Asked April 2, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

What is the best grass seed for a lawn, that will fill in quickly? We have an established yard, however we have many bare or dead spots due to animals. Is there a recommended mixture, or soil that would also benefit the growth?

Mesa County Colorado

1 Response

Do you know what kind of grass you currently have? You might want to bring a sample to the Extension office for identification. Another question is, how concerned are you with a perfect looking lawn?

Two varieties that will germinate quickly to fill in are perennial rye and tall fescue. Of the two, perennial rye is more compatible, appearance-wise, with Kentucky blue if that's what you have.

If your spots are very large, it would be a good idea to work in some compost or other soil amendment before you plant. Otherwise, rake and level the areas as best you can.