The Q&A Archives: Type of Grass For Shady Area Around Cabin

Question: I have a cabin on the bluff bank of the Red River where the soil is sandy loam. We have monstrous pecan trees surrounding this cabin and I cannot get burmuda grass to grow in their shade. I only get down there once or so a week and am trying to establish a "lawn" in the 1/2 acre or so immediately surrounding it. This would allow me to mow instead of run the bush hog. Any suggestions as to seed or even sod type I might plant that would take hold quickly and without a great deal of care? I'm not so concerned with the "esthetic" qualities as I am hardiness and ability to out grow the weeds.

Answer: Bermudagrass is not very shade tolerant. St. Augustine is more shade tolerant but will need supplemental watering in the summer. Zoysiagrass will also tolerate more shade than Bermudagrass. Perhaps your best bet is Bahiagrass. Although a wild species and a bit tough to mow, it is quite shade tolerant and can even be bush hogged without hurting it.

Hope this helps. I'll bet those pecans are some real beauties!

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