The Q&A Archives: Lawn under trees

Question: I have trees in my back yard. The grass near the trees is disappearing...I believe because of the roots from the trees taking all the moisture. In the summer I water it daily but it doesn't seem to be enough. How can I grow grass there?

Answer: It is really difficult to grow grass under trees. Not only will the tree roots compete for the moisture but most grasses won't grow well in the shade cast by the canopy of the tree. You can try overseeding the area with a shade-tolerant grass seed. You may have to repeat this every few years to maintain the lawn beneath the trees. Wish I had a better suggestion!

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