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Go For Diversity: Grass Seed Blends

by Dawn West, All About Lawns Columnist

You may think a "purebred" lawn is the way to go--nothing but 100% pure Kentucky bluegrass for you. But grass blends have a lot to offer, and you might be better off buying grass seed with a blend of bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and fine fescues. Here are just a few of the reason grass seed blends can be a great choice.
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#1. Grass Germination Speeds Vary

Different species of grasses germinate at different rates, and planting a grass seed blend with at least one type of quick-germinating grass can help the entire planting; the quick-germinating grass nurses and protects the rest of the seed.

#2. Grass Seed Blends Adapt to Your Yard

Different varieties of grass enjoy different strengths. Some types grow well in the shade; others can handle a lot of foot traffic. One solution is to plant shade-happy varieties in covered areas, and more robust species in busy parts of your yard. Over time, though, your lawn could look patchy as the different types of grass grow out. Planting a grass seed blend throughout your yard results in a more consistent look, and you'll have an all-star team that's well-adapted for many conditions.

#3. Grass Seed Blends Can Help Fight Lawn Disease

Grass types vary in their susceptibility to different species of lawn fungus, so planting a blend of grass varieties can help your lawn weather any trouble you may run into with lawn disease. While some parts languish, other parts will be more resistant, and can help pull your lawn through.

While lawns that are all one type or another have their charms, grass seed blends are well worth considering. 

About the Author
Dawn West B.A. holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University and teaches writing at Oregon State University.

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