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Old 08-27-2012, 06:24 PM
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Marvin is right. I could be wrong--but probably tall fescue is a better bet for shade in the transition zone. Local advice is best for this situation. Add organic matter to improve soil. Adding sand to soil will not improve drainage much--the pore spaces between the sand particles will fill with clay particles--the soil may become harder still. Better to recontour the area to ensure adequate slope and surface drainage.
If you use a fescue seed--be sure to read through all the seed company tech sheets and get one that claims to be shade-tolerant. If you can find one that also claims to be disease resistant, and falls in the top ten in your state university tests for --that is even better.

You do not want a low-growing "dwarf type", as they lack vigor and are slow to take hold.

Last edited by RigglePLC; 08-27-2012 at 06:29 PM. Reason: ps
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