grass - Knowledgebase Question

Inglis, Fl
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Question by bunnyadams
July 1, 2010
We live in Fl by the W. coast and have alot of trees in the yard, what grass will grow under the trees and deal with the heat? Also when is it best to plant fruit trees?

Answer from NGA
July 1, 2010
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. I do recommend Palmetto St. Augustine Grass as a shade-tolerant variety, but again most grasses prefer some sun. Wish I had a better suggestion!

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