Do I need cool-season or warm-season grass? Why do I need a blend of grasses?

The grass seed at the garden center comes in mixtures of various kinds of grasses: one for shade, another for sun, and on and on. I walk out so confused I can't even ask an intelligent question. Do I need cool-season or warm-season grass? Why do I need a blend of grasses? Why not just buy one kind and be finished with it? Please give me a good place to start.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Here are the basics to help you buy the best grass for your yard.  Blends and mixtures improve a lawn's appearance. A seed blend contains several varieties of the same kind of grass, such as three types of Kentucky bluegrass. A blend usually gives a lawn a more uniform look. A seed mixture combines several kinds of grasses for example, Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, and perennial ryegrass. Such a combination promotes a green lawn all season. Cool-season grasses grow best in northern lawns. The grasses grow vigorously in spring and fall but may go dormant and turn brown in the heat of summer. Cool-season grasses commonly come in blends or mixtures.  Warm-season grasses are adapted to growing conditions in the South. They grow well in hot weather but go dormant in cool weather. Before buying grass seed, call your cooperative extension service. Experts there can recommend the best type of grass for your locale and situation.


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