Growing grass in shaded areas can be challenging, aggravating, and problematic. It is important to know that it is difficult to grow grass under heavily shaded conditions. Sometimes, impossible. With that said, there are areas in your lawn that may never be able to have grass unless a way for Sunlight to reach the grass is found. It is impossible for grass to compete for light & moisture with trees and structures.
Growing grass in shaded areas by trees is difficult. Trees absorb most of the sunlight that helps grass to thrive and grow. Trees also act as an umbrella. They block the rainfall from ever reaching the potential grassy area. Much of the rainfall stays on the leaves of the treas and evaporates. There are a few things that can be done to try to grow grass in shaded areas.
- Prune trees regularly – This allows more sunlight to pass through
- Thin trees in the area – Remove undesirable trees
- Grass seed type – Some types of grass do better in the shade while others only thrive in full sunlight. There are many varieties of fine fescue grasses that are more tolerant to shade.
- Contact a landscaper – Have a professional landscaper trim your trees. Let them know that your goal is to grow grass in shaded areas. Have them help you decide the best grass for your area. Choose a grass seed mixture that is shade tolerant.
Before starting your project ask for help. Brookside Lawn Service has a variety of literature that can help you achieve desirable results. Keep in mind, you may have to accept defeat and consider alternate landscape options in that area (i.e. adding a mulch bed or gravel path).