Shady Grass Area needs to be fixed

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by recycledsole, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    It will likely be fine to use a local "Shade Mix", if Poa Supina isn't going to work in your Climate Zone...

    Cultural Practices for Shade are completely different than Cultual Practices for normal sun or partial sun lawns...

    You can get it to grow ,,, but to keep it alive and prospering is the trick... If you're interested in my experiences and trial and errors ,,, let me know... :)
     
  2. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    Yes sir im intrested in your expereinces
    thanks for the advice !


     
  3. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    wow, it seems the best thing to do would be to areate the entire yard to start off with
    apparently grass needs 4-6 hours minimum...
     
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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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... :)
     
  5. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    thanks alot small axe
    i told the client its too shady and reccomended a shade garden.
     

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