Growing grass in the shade can be a challenging and daunting task. It is difficult to grow grass under shaded areas and sometimes impossible. There are a few things that can help get grass growing in the shade. Besides having a quality seed selection, the lack of sunlight needs to be addressed. There is a reason why wooded areas do not have any grass. Sunlight and moisture. Sunlight is the reason why open fields are grassy. Grass cannot compete with trees for moisture either. There are a couple things that you can do to help improve grass growth in shaded areas.
Growing Grass In The Shade:
- Areas shaded by trees are especially difficult to grow grass in because the trees absorb the sunlight that the grass needs. Trees can also prevent rain from passing through to the grass. Most of the rain water stays on the leaves and evaporates.
- Prune trees properly and regularly. And consider thinning trees removing any dead and undesirable branches. Prune trees enough to allow sun light to shine through. Hiring a professional tree company would be the most effective way.
- Different types of grass seed do better in shaded areas. Choose a grass seed that is tolerant of shade. Fine fescue grasses (chewing fescue and creeping red fescue) tend to be more shade tolerant.
- In some cases, you may have to accept defeat. Consider planting something different in that particular area. Shade tolerant ground cover, extending mulch beds, or even creating a gravel path can all add value to your lawn.
Before you start a project make sure you have a plan. Here is a good guide to seeding your lawn. Brookside Lawn Service can also help you with selecting the proper seed mix. Call our office 888.701.LAWN.