Planting grass on new property

I need to seed some grass on new excavated property. Some say use a mixture of rye or alfalfa with the grass seed. What have you had good luck doing ? Thanks, Iowa883
BTW I live in Iowa hence the signature , if that makes any difference
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Your local hardware or landscape store should have the right kind for your area.
Here's a list of grasses.
http://www.american-lawns.com/grasses/grasses.html #

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Alfalfa? I don't think so. Rye is good for quick growth? How long is this plaint going to last, permanent or temporary? Clover (the white, short kind) mixed in will help with a quick green up, but will probably want to kill the clover at some time in the future if the area is to be used for play.
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I'd use a mix containing Kentucky blue grass. Buy the highest quality seed you can find.
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Phisherman wrote:

Yes...please don't skimp on the grass. The city did some work in my yard recently then planted grass over it. I insisted they leave a bail of hay, which they did. Nothing ever came up despite my watering it, etc. I went to a local nursery and picked up some fresh grass seed (it wasn't packed years ago), raked up the hay they put down, scored the surface, put seed down, raked it in a little, put more hay down then reseeded. That was last Friday, I already have a lot of grass coming up in the area.
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Iowa883 wrote:

Your local supplier should have a variety called "Quick and Fine", "Quick Fix", or some such. This will be, mainly, *annual* ryegrass, which will root and grow quickly, but die off over the winter. The remainder will probably be a mix of ryegrass and fescue, which should give you a basis for a lasting lawn, but won't look good yet on its own. What you should do to help it along is overseed after Labor Day (you've missed the moderate-temp window for best lawnmaking) with a mix suited for your conditions (sun, probably, since "excavated" probably has no real trees, right?). Water by the book -- which is to say, two light waterings a day for two weeks or until sprouts are seen, then slowly back off -- and you'll have a decent looking lawn by fall. Next spring, second year growth will give it a lush appearance.
The idea isn't to pick the right variety based on name, but to judge your conditions, pick a *range* of varieties, and let them grow together. This gives your lawn diversity and robustness in the event of poor conditions or disease. So most seed you can buy in stores is a mix.
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