Answer: It is really difficult to get grass to grow in shady areas, even with shade grass blends. The plants just wither away. I suspect that the turf in question is thin and when it dehydrates it simply disappears. There may be a fungal disease at work, too, but the only way to really tell is to take a sample of the affected turf, roots and all, to your local cooperative extension office for examination. Helpful folks there can confirm or eliminate fungal diseases and suggest remedies for the turf. Contact Shelby County Cooperative Extension, Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd. Suite B Box 21, Memphis, TN 38120 Phone (901) 752-1207.
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