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Depending on where you live this question is answered differently. We talked about overseeding your lawn but what’s the best mix for you? There are blends and there are mixtures. A blend is the same type of grass but different cultivars. A mix has 2 maybe 3 different varieties of grasses for cultural diversity. In other words, for lawns that have differing sun/shade conditions. The best recommendation is to figure out what you’ve got and then go to your local nursery and ask them what they would suggest OR your local county extension OR certainly, your local Master Gardeners. This is a great guide from lawncareacademy.com.
In Minnesota (climate zone 3,4 and some 5), Kentucky Bluegrass is used most often because it’s pretty, it’s adaptable, cold tolerant and is generally able to recuperate from drought.
However, there are always drawbacks to using just one type of any plant. Diversity is a good thing as one type may have an issue one year, another can “take over” to keep your lawn looking good.
Other grass species include perennial ryegrass. It’s a great germinator and quick to establish, which helps protect the other seeds, but it’s not real tolerant of our cold winters and summer heat, so use only about a 25% mix.