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Old 09-05-2012, 09:56 AM
Smallaxe Smallaxe is offline
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With all the moss and shade you are dealing with, along with the need for aeration, there is plenty of evidence of too much water... even to get the seed to germinate,,, you don't need irrigation on 2 or 3 time a day or even every day, once it cools down... be sure to always mulch mow because that is going to give you the eco-system for the grass to compete with the trees...

Do not fertilize until Fall, when you do it as a winterizer and do not put down starter fertilizer with your seed... shade is low maintenance only and when people put down lots of N in the shade the grass begins to thin out, almost immediately... forcing bright green top growth over strained and shallow roots never works...

Low maintenance for us is fertilizing after the first couple of mowings in the Spring and a Fall applications that fills up its reserves for the winter... too much water and too much N is why people say "you can't grow grass in the shade" ... good luck...
Now that I know that clay's texture(platelets) has nothing to do with water infiltration, percolation, or drainage
,,, I wonder what does...
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