seed starting - Knowledgebase Question

Cahokia, Il
Question by charlesarms
April 27, 2010
i have a mostly shaded area that i want to grow grass in. want to know the best seeds to use that will grow in a mostly shaded area,and should cultivate the ground or can i rake it to about a half inches deep.please give me advice

Answer from NGA
April 27, 2010


Since shade is a poor environment for turfgrass, it is essential to develop a good management program in shady places. First, select shade tolerant grasses. 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. Cultivate the ground as you've planned, work in some compost and then broadcast your seeds.

Other ways to ensure success:
Raise the mowing height. Increased mowing height induces larger root systems and healthier plants. Irrigate infrequently, but heavily. An irrigation program that minimizes the amount of time shaded areas are moist is beneficial in reducing disease. Infrequent watering also tends to minimize compaction and reduce shallow surface rooting. Reduce use of the area. Thin cell walled grass plants with little food reserve cannot bear much traffic without sustaining damage. Therefore, any effort to minimize traffic in shaded areas is beneficial. Provide good drainage. Poor drainage increases the possibility of disease activity. Remove leaves and debris promptly. Quick removal of leaves and debris all year long is essential as they shade the grass plant and reduce its food making potential.

Best wishes with your lawn.

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