The Q&A Archives: What would work best in my yard??

Question: I have a very rocky, poor soil based yard with much shade. I like the naturalness of it and had woodchipped the shady large back area to rejuvinate the soil. It has worked wonderfully and I am looking to plant seed back there this Spring in the shade and start a lawn. Also, I would like to plant covering shrubs and create a backyard privacy natural screen. My neighbor has a wooded area and it is shady back along it as well.

Answer: Based on your description of the area as being shady, I don't think lawn grass would grow well there. Lawn grass needs full sun or at least a half day of full direct sun to thrive. Instead, you could try Vinca minor or Hedera helix to form that evergreen carpet. You might add some shade tolerant shrubs such as Aronia arbutifilia, Ilex verticillata, Ilex glabra, Cornus stolonifera, and Itea virginia for the screening. I hope this gives you some ideas.

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