shadylane wrote:Kentucky bluegrass may have been in your grass mix the first time. It goes dormant during the hot summer. It shows the appearance of dry brown patches like it is dead. Once the cool days resumes it goes back to green. Bluegrass does not like shade or infertile or poorly drained land.
Homeowners typically use this variety mix. Bluegrass does not fight off weeds very well at the beginning being sparse.
You mentioned mold problems on your lawn. Fylking is a alternative for bluegrass variety, it is resistant to rust and striped smut, and needing less care than Merion.
Merion is a good seed variety, but has several disadvantages due to striped smut fungus and rust. It is not cheap and requires a good deal of potash.
I would not recommend Zoysia grass either. Sow it in plugs for your area. It takes 40 forevers to cover a large area. And one cant hardly walk on it with a steady foot, it's that thick and dense. No need for mowing. It too turns dry dark brown giving the appearance of being dead. And takes late spring to early summer to turn green after the winter season.
For shady lawn areas for your upper northwest state, you may want to look into a seed mixture of Pennlawn or various a fine leaved fescue variety. Not the tall fescues which are coarse in growth and must be heavily seeded.
Bentgrasses are susceptible to many diseases. They become of some good use on shady lawns.
Sow a variety mixture of grass seed, when one type takes one full season to get a foot hold, others in the mix help to achieve that success. Such seeds you should look for in a mix can include Redtop, it's a temporary, and Ryegrass, it's popular and helps new lawns get a quick strong start.
You may want to keep an eye out for the disease resistance varieties for your area in grass seed mix. Followed by annuals, which again help out the main grass seed you want to see most.
That is all I have to share, hope this helps with insight of what you will want to do come the spring...
I stopped by Home Depot today and noticed several name brand grass seed that specifically identified the seed as Pacific Northwest blend. In the past I've had some luck with seed with this label but wasted money on the coated seed that claims it holds water better.
Also, If I'm re-seeding, should I cover the new seed with a thin layer of dirt or fine straw?
Thanks for your advice. I'll be doing some more homework based on your comments.