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Old 04-08-2011, 05:58 PM
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Best technique for growing grass in shade?

What have you guys found to be the best technique for growing grass in shady areas in zone 6? I've always spread the topsoil then thrown shade seed down and raking it in then topdressing it with more seed, apply penn-mulch then a little salt hay. This has been hit or miss for me, sometimes it comes in strong then some dies and it thins out and i have to re-seed or it never comes in strong to begin with. I always put the customer on a watering schedule but it still sometimes doesn't work.

Are there any tricks you guys use or seed you use to get the same perfect results every time?
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:04 PM
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:08 PM
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:24 PM
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I do till it...hahaha thanks guys
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Old 04-09-2011, 02:16 AM
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Use creeping red fescue, the proper seed. Most "shade mixes" don't contain enough, look at the back of the bag and if it is near 50% you are good to go. Most are only around 20%.
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:34 AM
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What kind of shade is it? Buildings or trees... Tree are competing with the turf for everything and will need to have their own little eco-system in place to survive. The sun is already shining on the north side of buildings now so there is a chance to grow around those too.

Are you fertilizing too much? Mulch mowing? Proper cultural practices become even more critical in the shade...
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Old 04-09-2011, 11:21 AM
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Depends on the job, mostly trees, sometimes houses. I usually hit it with nitrogen in the beginning to get it going then put it on a regular program when it gets established.
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