The Q&A Archives: Searching for Shade-Tolerant Grass

Question: How can we grow grass in our backyard? We cannot get much sun through the tall trees. We can not cut the trees as they are too high. We can grow St. Augustin grass beautifully in the front yard where there is full sun, but not in the back. What typeof grass will grow well in shade? The yard looks terrible. Thanks. Lynn D. Mancuso Westwego, LA

Answer: Unless you have at least 1/2 day of sun in your backyard, I would not even try to grow grass, but grow groundcovers and use mulch instead. One of the most shade tolerant grasses are the fescues, but being in Louisiana, they probably won't grow well. Try groundcovers such as wild ginger, goutweed, ivy or pachysandra and mulch heavily traveled areas with bark mulch. Check local nurseries for the groundcovers mentioned as well as others that grow well in Louisiana.

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