The Q&A Archives: Grass for shade

Question: We just moved into house with a shady back yard and little to no grass. We want to landscape with plants (that I know how to do!) but can't figure out what type of grass can stand the shade and a 30lb dog!! The area will get only get a few hours of sun per day. Suggestions??

Answer: Grass does not grow well in shade. However, fescue grass is sometimes sold as a ?shade? grass because it performs best out of all other varieties of grass available, but it?s still not a solution for very shady areas. Sod can be established in the shade if managed properly, but sod in shade will naturally get thinner and thinner over the years. Overseeding will need to be done on a regular basis to keep the grass looking nice. If there is moss in the area you are sodding, DO NOT sod until shade is decreased. Moss is a sure sign that grass will not grow in that area. You can decrease shade and increase air movement by pruning back growth or removing some trees or bushes. Watering sod in the shade will be different than watering sod in direct sunlight. A shady environment has less air movement and less sunlight. Both of these factors result in less water evaporation and therefore shady areas need less water. A regular feeding schedule will keep your sod growing vigorously, and help it remain green for the longest period possible. Best wishes with your new lawn.

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