lawn - Knowledgebase Question

waukesha, Wi
Question by maxwlito6
May 1, 2010
we have asmall lawn, but heavy shade due to large tree. we are haveing tree cut down next weekend. lawn is very spotty, we have tried to seed, with no success. due to small yard and kids how to we make some grass grow??

Answer from NGA
May 1, 2010


Grass doesn't grow well in the shade, as you have discovered. Once the tree is gone you should have no trouble growing a lush thick lawn. In shady areas, fescues seeem to grow better than other types of grasses, but full sunshine is best for all grass types. It might be that the soil is compacted, which makes turf struggle to grow. If so, you can rent a core aerator, run it over your lawn, leave the plugs to decompose and then spread a thin layer of compost over the grass. Water well, then overseed your entire lawn. The compost will work its way down into the holes left by the plugs and the new grass should sprout in 7-10 days. Best wishes with your lawn!

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