Shade Tolerant lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Los Angeles, CA
Question by haroldjlopez
May 28, 2011
I am in Westchester CA, 3 miles from the ocean, North of LAX Airport. We get a constant ocean air flow, hence, only a couple of weeks of near 90 degrees, otherwise, it hovers on the 70's. A section of lawn we have gets perhaps less than 6 hours of sun. What grass should we use to re-seed it that is water conserving, yet nice and green lawn?

Thank you

Answer from NGA
May 28, 2011


There are a number of shade tolerate turfgrasses. The fine-leaf fescues are considered the most shade tolerant of the cool-season grasses. Creeping red fescue, Chewing?s fescue, sheep fescue and hard fescue all have shown promise in heavily shaded areas. Some varieties of Kentucky bluegrass and fine-bladed turf-type tall fescue have performed well in moderate shade. Before reseeding, be sure to rake the area well to remove any dead grass. Roughing-up the soil will ensure the new seeds make great contact with the soil so they will root deeply. Best wishes with your lawn!

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