Answer: Since it sounds like you are starting from scratch, you might plant one of the new, low maintenance grass mixes. These usually consist of fairly drought-hardy, slow-growing varieties--less watering, fertilizing, and mowing! Peaceful Valley Farm Supply (ph# 916-272-4769) carries a "Low Maintenance Lawn" seed mix; it doesn't say in the description whether it will withstand shade, so you'll have to check with them. They also sell a mix called "Sun and Shade Lawn".
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