growing grass - Knowledgebase Question

leavenworth, Ka
Question by momoann08
March 6, 2011
I want to see how I can grow grass in my backyard.I have two dogs that run in the backyard alot so I cant seem to get any grass to grow. I also don't get very much sun either. what can I do or put down so I dont have a mudd pitt anymore?


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Answer from NGA
March 6, 2011

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I wish there were an easy solution for you, but the combination of shady conditions and dog traffic will make it really difficult to get grass to grow in your backyard. How about using an evergreen groundcover instead of turfgrass? Here are a few suggestions for hardy groundcovers that will stand up to your dogs and still grow well in the shade:
Asarum canadense (Wild ginger), Cornus canadensis (Bunchberry), Geum triflorum (Prairie smoke), Phlox divaricata (Woods phlox), Podophyllum peltatum (May apple),
Tiarella cordifolia (Foam flower), Violets, Aegopodium podagraria (Silver-edge goutweed), Ajuga reptans (Bugleweed), Epimedium xrubrum (Barrenwort), Galium odoratum (Sweet woodruff), Lamium maculatum (Dead nettle), Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese spurge), and Vinca minor (Periwinkle).

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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