lawn grass seed

Asked May 20, 2017, 11:50 AM EDT

We want to over-seed our lawn. What kind of grass is best for lawns in Prineville, OR? Where can we purchase it?

Crook County Oregon lawns and turf

4 Responses

Hello,

Do you know what species of grass you have now?

If possible, send a couple of photos?

No idea what grass is there. The house was built in 1951 and the lawn probably seeded shortly thereafter. We are just looking to fill in some thinning patches. It will never be a perfect lawn. It is under HUGE junipers and shaded by a lilac hedge in some portions. It just seems that this year, after being covered with snow for a longer period of time this winter, it looks even more sparse. We just thought there were probably some grasses that are more appropriate to Central Oregon than others. Thanks. Kristi

Hello,

Given all the challenges (snow cover and shade) on this site, I think it would make sense to plant a 3 way mix of perennial ryegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, and fine fescue. Try to find a blend with about 50% fine fescue, 25% Kentucky bluegrass, and 25% perennial ryegrass. Each of these grasses will play a roll in the mix: perennial ryegrass is quick to germinate, fine fescue (creeping Red Fescue would be the best choice) is best in shade, and Kentucky bluegrass will recover from winter damage.

You will probably not be able to find a blend with these exact percentages, but something like Earth Carpet’s “Shady Place” blend would work. I am not recommending it specifically but only giving it as an example. Notice, even it has 3 species of fine fescue not just the one I specified.

Go to your local hardware or farm store and see what blends they have. They should have something with a 3 way mix and is probably labeled as a “Sun and Shade” mix. If your site is in shade most of the time, you might go with a mix that is only fine fescue and Kentucky bluegrass. Do not buy anything with annual ryegrass in it. This kind of mix would be labeled as "Shade" or "Deep Shade", or something similar.

Good luck.

Thanks!