Ask a Question forum: Can I mix Bermuda and Fescue grasses?

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May 27, 2014 7:42 PM CST
I have a primarily Bermuda grass lawn, but there is a shaded area that the Bermuda will not take to. I've read that Fescue is shade tolerant. Would it make sense to seed Fescue in this area and just keep the rest of my lawn Bermuda? Does this question make sense? Also, should I use a week killer before or after seeding and what is a good time frame in between? Sorry for all the questions, but this is my first lawn and I want it to be nice! Thanks!
Name: J.C. S.
Kansas (Zone 6b)
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May 28, 2014 12:28 AM CST
Welcome to ATP!

I am far from a grass expert; I can only speak to my personal experience. Bermuda sun/fescue shade combo is what the people who had my house before me did. It works fine if you don't mind a bit different looking grass in different areas.
And yeah if you don't mind it, just leave the bermuda anywhere it will grow. It can be difficult to get rid of due to the extensive roots and runners.

As for weed killer, most products like "Weed B Gon" (sic) say to not seed until 3-4 weeks (at the earliest) after its use and to not use it on new seed until it is well established and mowed at least 3 times.

Here is a link for shade fescue tips:
Name: Elaine
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May 28, 2014 7:41 AM CST
If you're going to have two different looking grasses anyway, why not consider planting a nice looking groundcover in the shady area instead? It would be a pretty, low maintenance alternative that would not need mowing, plus the leaves from the trees would just disappear into it, rather than having to be raked off. Most groundcovers need less water, and almost no fertilizer to look nice as well. It's a much more environmentally friendly alternative, and also a lot less work if you ask me.

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Apr 6, 2018 3:43 PM CST
My front yard has a hill in he shade that is being taken over by moss. Can you recommend a nice/ good ground cover to get rid of the moss?
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Apr 9, 2018 3:40 PM CST
The moss isn't the problem.

Moss gardens are gorgeous!

If you are determined to grow something else...
You need to plant something suited to the spot.

as you didn't tell us anything about the location... where you live, soil type, variety of tree...
I suggest learning to like the moss.

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