We have a berm in our backyard, probably seeded for erosion control when the house was built in 2014. We are the second owner so I don't know the history. I would would like to improve the appearance but don't necessarily want to turn it into additional high maintenance, irrigated lawn. There is a lot of clumpy looking grass visible in the attached pictures. I'm assuming it's part of what was originally seeded but the clumping is unsightly. What is it? Is it some type of fescue? It is very drought resistant. The greener rectangle toward the center of the berm is an overseeding experiment I tried last fall with a seed blend from Bachmans: 70% fescues, 20% Bluegrass, 10% perennial ryegrass. My primary question is if I should continue trying to work with the clumpy grass or get rid of it before reseeding. There are various other weed grasses that may be difficult to control as well. Secondly, what would be the best seed mix for low maintenance (no irrigation). Should tall fescue be part of the mix for it's drought resistance, or possibly all tall fescue? Thank you.
Carver County Minnesota
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