repairing - Knowledgebase Question

Cahokia, Il
Question by charlesarms
September 28, 2009
i have a lot of shade in my yard and want to grow healthy grass. What step do you recommend?

Answer from NGA
September 28, 2009


It is really difficult to get turfgrass to grow in shady areas, but with a few extra steps, you can probably get tall fescue to grow. Fescues are the most shade tolerant grasses. If possible, improve sunlight to the area by trimming out tree limbs. Trimming lower limbs helps a lot. Mow the grass about 1/3 higher in shady areas. This will allow for more leaf surface to absorb sunlight. Water deeply but infrequently. Overwatering can increase diseases. Shallow watering forces tree roots to the surface where they compete with your grass for water and nutrients. Too much water can also create disease problems, but you must reach a fine balance on this issue as trees in themselves tend to rob the soil of water, thus requiring higher water needs. Fungicides may be required to be applied more in shady areas due to increased disease activity from the lower temperatures, higher relative humidity and decreased wind movement. Tree leaves & grass clippings should be removed from shady areas as they tend to shade the grass and increase shade problems. Following these care guidelines can help keep your shady turf as healthy as possible.

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