The Q&A Archives: Grass seed

Question: I live Missouri and have a shaded yard. The shade is caused by an Oak tree that drops alot of acorns. I can not get grass to grow anywhere in my front yard. Do you have any help or information that could help me?

Answer: In Michigan, fine fescue is the turfgrass of choice for shady areas, but has a poor traffic tolerance so don't plant on having children play on the area. Creeping red, Chewings and hard fescue are the best turfgrasses for dry, moderately shaded areas and infertile, acidic soil. The fine fescues require well drained, slightly dry soils and minimum levels of management. They are often mixed with Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass for planting dry shaded areas.

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