In my central Pennsylvania lawn I don't have any Bermuda, but I do have two or three types of grass. They're all different shades of green and grow at different rates. What's the best way to get a consistent look?

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    Hi and welcome! Your question is quite vague, and will be hard for people to answer. Could you provide more detail, like size and shape of your lawn, and perhaps some pictures? Please check out our help center to learn how to write questions that will get the best answers. Especially read this and this. May 4, 2015 at 1:45
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    If you have any pictures of your lawn to share, it might help if we can see an example of what you're seeing.
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    May 4, 2015 at 14:42
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    Do you know why the types are different? Do you have a shady part and a sunny part, or a dry part and a wet part, or do you think the previous owner just bought random grass seed every few years and scattered it in different places at different times? May 4, 2015 at 16:22

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"The best" is a bit subjective here, but here is my $0.02.

Some might think that a consistent look requires a single grass species.

However lawns that contain a mix of species and strains tend to perform better than single species lawns. Each species has a sweet spot in terms of sun/shade, aspect, water needs, etc. By having a mix you increase the chances that each location has a grass ideally suited to the "local" conditions.

Different species and/or strains also have different greening-up and dormancy patterns, so while one species may green up early in the spring, it might go dormant sooner in the summer. At that time, a different species might be green - thus extending the "green" for more of the season (especially without irrigation).

While there will be differences in color and growth rate, seed producers are continually working to develop strains that play and look nice together. If you follow a program of annual fall overseeding for a few years (Ideally you'd aerate, apply compost, and spread an appropriate seed mix), you will soon find that the large, highly visible, patchiness will give way to a more consistent look.

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