Ask a Question forum: Encouraging grass under pine trees

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Sacramento California
Feb 25, 2018 5:14 PM CST
I have cleared an area of a lot of old dead trees, branches, etc. I have also raked up most of the needles. I now want to promote grass in that mostly bare area . Some kind of grass (or weed?) already seems to do quite well as you can see in the images. Can anyone identify that 'grass'. Would it be available in seed form?

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Feb 25, 2018 5:24 PM CST
Its probably wild oats (Avena fatua), a winter annual in California.
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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Feb 25, 2018 7:10 PM CST
It's going to be hard to get nice grass under pine trees. They dry the soil so. The trees will compete with the grass for water and nutrients, and they shade the grass too.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Feb 25, 2018 7:35 PM CST
Under a group of my pine trees a pine needle "lawn" has developed. I find it very attractive.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Feb 26, 2018 3:09 PM CST
You raked the mulch? Confused

Turf grass doesn't grow in the shade, will always be patchy.
Around these parts, lilyturf (liriope) fills in as a turf substitute, some people even mow it.

Much nicer to leave the pine needles where God intended.

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