Grass propagation

Grass propagation

My yard is a mix of Lord only knows how many different kinds of grass and weeds. This isn't doesn't really bother me, in fact I rather like the mix of tiny little flowers that are scattered through the grass. The only place that I would like things to be relatively uniform is the in the front of the house.

Up there is a mix of crab grass, cenipede grass (which i fight with constatly the stupid stuff wants in my flower beds!), as well as some sort of nice, soft grass. What I'd like to do is encourage the nice grass and discourage the stuff I don't like. I'd go out and buy seed except I don't know exactly what kind of grass it is. I've tried to look on line and while I found a very interesting article about grass that has led to a couple hours of interesting link-clicking, with out having a basic direction to go in I don't know how to figure out what kind of grass this is.


There are several patches of this soft grass around the yard, some in the shade, others in the sun, it's survived 1 summer of drought, a spectacular spring flood, and another summer of regular rain fall, so it's pretty hardy. The patches of grass are getting bigger, there was more of it last year than there was the year before. What I'm trying to figure out is how can I encourage this to grow faster with out using fertilizers? I've got 2 kids under 5 years old and a little dog, so I'd rather not put out anything that's going to hurt them, or me for that matter.

I've tried to see how grass plugs work, i was hoping that I could dig up a few from the middle of the patches and plant them around the yard. It seems, though, that you need a blank slate to work with rather than plunking them down in the middle of an already established lawn. Is that the case? Is there any way that I can use the rhizomes and spread them out some to get this to spread faster? Should I just let it go to seed and hope for the best?

Here's some pictures of some of the tiny little flowers that love my back yard.



For scale:

I was working in the garden, ignore the dirty hands. :-)
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