Grass! - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by kimmonien
March 19, 2010
What is the best type of grass for a very shaded area in atlanta... we need to put some sod down but we don't know what would be best and when would be best to put it down... can you help


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Answer from NGA
March 19, 2010

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I wish there were an easy answer! Here are your choices: Heat Tolerant Kentucky Blue - grows in both sun and shade, has reasonable tolerance for foot traffic; Centipede grass - grows in both sun and shade, but has poor wear tolerance; Tall Fescue grows in both sun and shade, has fair tolerance to foot traffic; Zoysia grass grows in both sun and shade, has excellent tolerance to foot traffic. Bermuda has excellent wear tolerance but doesn't grow well under shady conditions. You might consider a mixture of grasses such as fescue and Kentucky blue rather than a single type of grass. The blades are slightly different but the colors will blend nicely and provide an attractive looking turf. You can install sod in late March or early April. Hope this information is helpful.

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