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Question: We have an area in our front yard that grass will not grow. It gets mostly shade due to the shadowing from our home and some trees. We currently have St. Augustine grass that is patchy. Is there a better choice of grass for shade?

Answer: Unless you have at least 1/2 day of sun in your backyard, turfgrass won't grow - or at least won't thrive. One of the most shade tolerant grasses are the fescues, but it may not grow well in Texas. I would try groundcovers such as wild ginger, goutweed, ivy or pachysandra instead of turf in the shady area. Check local nurseries for the groundcovers mentioned as well as others that grow well in your region. Good luck with your yard!

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