Choosing the right lawn seed mix for shade
I've got a difficult time comparing different lawn seed mixes for shady areas. I'Ve read about the different types and I understand somewhat what I need but when I compare the compositions, every manufacturer has a different one and claims it's the best ;-)
Some contain dwarf rye grass others don't at all, some contain quite a high percentage of it and others just a low one while again others don't use any at all.
I've currently got four different types in front of me.
Type 1: 30% dwarf ryegrass, 35% tall fescue, 35% rhizomatoues tall fescue
The claim: Drought tolerant grass seed for dry or poor soils, Often sold as 'water saver' grasses, Ideal as a low maintenance family or utility lawn seed
It was recommended to me by the company for shade (and it is also supposed to be good for wet soils, which some areas of mine are)
Type 2: 20% dwarf rye grass, 25% SC red fescue, 20% SLC red fescue, 15% hard fescue, 10% wood and rough meadow grass, 10% SS meadow grass, 5% browntop bend
The Claim: A shade grass seed for damp and shady conditions, Use for shade from structures or any watered shady place, A quality lawn seed for both looks and use
So is this for dry and wet soils? (dry under trees, wet if shaded by structures and houses?)
Type 3: 25% Amenity Ryegrass, 40% Chewings Fescue, 30% Slender Fescue, 5% Bentgrass
The Claim: For open areas of partial to medium shade.
Type 4: 25% Perennial Rye Grass, 10% Slender Creeping Red Fescue, 55% Strong Creeping Red Fescue, 5% Rough Stalked Meadow Grass, 5% Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass
The Claim: A mixture suitable for establishing grass in shady areas, either under trees or between buildings.