Grass seed for low maintenance lawn?
I'm not good about watering my lawn during the dry months here in Minnesota, so every July parts of my lawn die, I overseed again in the fall, and it does the same thing the next summer. This year it's really bad!
I've been reading up on the best grasses for northern climates that don't require much water, but are still hardy and look good. Seems the two best choices for an ultra low maintenance lawn would be:
(also the owner of this company wrote as interesting article about fescue lawns at http://lesslawn.com/articles/article1058.html )
* No Mow seed mix:
Looks like they're both dwarf fine fescue mixes, which have roots over 9" tall allowing them to better withstand droughts, and it seems the key with these seed mixes is that they use "creeping" fescues to get rid of the usual patchy look of regular fescues that are used in traditional seed mixes.
Ordering the grass seed from the above two nurseries is pretty expensive, and I was hoping to buy a similar mix of seed from someplace locally. Anyone know where you can buy this kind of low maintenance lawn seed in the Twin Cities at a good price? I found a place in St. Paul that sells a No Mow fescue mix, at about $2.50 per pound, but you have to buy a 50 lb. bag and I probably only need 20 lbs. I've also found a local landscape supply place that will sell straight creeping red fescue (the main ingredient in the low maintenance lawn mixes) for $0.90 a pound, but again you have to buy a 50 lb bag. But I guess if it's only $0.90 per pound, I wouldn't mind buying more than I need. But I'm wondering with only one type of grass, rather than a mix, if it would be more susceptible to disease.
Any advice on where to buy low maintenance fine fescue lawn mixes in the Twin Cities would be appreciated. And if anyone has tried one of these mixes, how did it work for you?