What type of grass seed to use - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by norbymichell
April 9, 2010
Our lawn has quite a few bare spots that I want to fill in this spring, then do a full aerating/seeding in fall. Bare areas are as follows: 1)Full Sun, 2)Sun & Shade 3)pretty much full shade. We like tall fescue. What brand and type of seed would you recommend and how much??? Thanks *Also, I want to plant an azalea in front of our woods. Do they need to be planted in pairs? THANKS!

Answer from NGA
April 9, 2010
North Carolina State University recommends Tall fescue because it is the most heat and drought tolerant of any of the cool-season grasses. It performs well in North Carolina and can be planted as a monostand or combined with Kentucky bluegrass and/or fine fescue. The good news is that tall fescue is the most shade tolerant and since you have a variety of sun/shade situations, I'd use a grass seed mixture containg tall fescue and Kentucky blue. There are lots of brands to choose from. Rake the areas to remove dead grass and roots, sprinkle a little compost and work it in, then smooth out the area and broadcast your seeds.

Azaleas can be planted alone but I think shrubs have much more impact in the landscape if they are planted in odd numbered groups such as 3 or 5. Just my personal observation. You can certainly plant a single azalea in your yard.

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