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What are some kinds of turf that grow well in shade?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by Thump, Mar 14, 2005.

  1. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    I have a front yard that is in the shade most of the day and there is NO grass that grows there.

    I went to a greenhouse and they said red fescue grows well there but I wanted to know if anyone on here had a type of seed that grew well in the shade.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    Just make sure you post some good pictures of your grass once it grows... :shake:
  3. its in the game

    its in the game NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!!

    Install field turf, advantage always green, never have to mow it:osu:[​IMG]

  4. AJHawkfan

    AJHawkfan Wanna make $14 the hard way?

    How 'bout Karl Spachler Special? You can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon and then just get stoned to bejeezes on it that night.
  5. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    CoastalBuck is the man to answer this thread...when I come back to Ohio he is going to help me get that 100% Bermuda field.
  6. BrutusBobcat

    BrutusBobcat Icon and Entertainer

    Tall fescue also works. I don't think that fescues are particularly attractive grasses, but shade is going to kill off anything short/slow-growing or fine-bladed, like bluegrass.
  7. Buck Nasty

    Buck Nasty You'll have nothing and like it

    I am not sure what hybrid it was, but I thought the Brady Bunch had a beautiful back yard, and it was mostly shaded.

    I agree on the fescue, the other nice thing about it is it does not grow as fast, or leave as much thatch as Ky Blue,
  8. djtidebuck

    djtidebuck Hang on Sloopy

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
  9. gost8

    gost8 Living and loving life

    Get a chainsaw and cut down all those pesky trees so there is no longer that trouble-some shade. Then plant any grass you want.:drunks:
  10. BuckeyeSkins

    BuckeyeSkins Go Bucks/Hail to the Redskins!!

    Have you tried mushrooms? :wink:
  11. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    If no grass grows there... not even grass that would be considered weeds... you more likely have a soil problem... either PH or drainage or a combination.

    If you want to test the soil, call the nursery back to see who will do it... otherwise, I would buy a small bag of penncoated perrenial rye mix for shade and just try it out this spring over a small area.
  12. djtidebuck

    djtidebuck Hang on Sloopy

    Nice post.
  13. coastalbuck

    coastalbuck And this one belongs to the Reds!

    First question, Fescues are very good in the shade, Ryegrasses are not too far behind. If you have nothing growing that could very well be numerous other problems. First would be compaction, ie. hardpan. Give us some more information and I'm sure we could help out! AKAK's post was very good :biggrin:
  14. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    Okay-- right.

    Let's start this way.

    Have you tried to plant grass there in the past, and if so, how did you prep the "dirt" to do it?

    Also... is there anything that does grow there... specifically stuff like clovers, violtes, wild strawberries or wild onions.
  15. Have you checked that area for tree roots that are just below ground level?

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