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Need professional help with shade PROBLEMS!

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by hobbsd, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. hobbsd

    hobbsd LawnSite Senior Member
    from west wi
    Posts: 448

    I have many customers with very shady lawns, (they live in the woods). I know that there are some fundemental problems with growing grass in the shade (such as photosynthesis), but I have seen some of my competetors keep very nice looking grass in shady areas. What, if any, is the secret to keeping grass happy in the shade? Is there a specific nutrient that can be added to compensate?

    I know some of you guys have been dealing with applicating for 30+ years, so someone must have an answer!

    Thank you,

  2. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,442

    i had the same problem. what i done was to cut the fert in half. and aerate and seed each spring.
    cant grow grass in the forest.
  3. TforTexas

    TforTexas LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 260

    Try seeding with creeping red fescues and cut way back on the fert. Creeping red does not like a pound of N per app, stick to 1/2 lb of N,
    couple times in spring and couple times in the fall, none in the summer.
    Creeping red may fade out in an extremely hot summer but you should be allright up in WI. Keep it aerated, the trees cause alot of compaction problems.
  4. FdLLawnMan

    FdLLawnMan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,182

    Look up Poa Supina an the web. I live in Wisconsin and spoke to the professor who has done studies on this grass. It was discovered in Germany and grows in total shade. It requires a little more nitrogen than the other lawns and doesn't tolerate drought as well as other grasses but is great in shade.

    Mike Immel
    Mike's Total Lawn care

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