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What is the Best grass for low light and heavy dog traffic

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Lawn rangers of texas, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. Lawn rangers of texas

    Lawn rangers of texas LawnSite Member
    Posts: 34

    What is the Best grass for low light and heavy dog traffic.I live in Dallas Texas.

    Thanks
     
  2. CrystalCreek

    CrystalCreek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,341

    Artificial Turf:confused: I dont think there is a grass that can stand up to low light and dogs. Good luck man. Try selling on ground cover or mulch the area.
     
  3. Ted Bell

    Ted Bell LawnSite Member
    Posts: 58

    You need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight for grasses for our area (Bermuda or St. Augustine).

    Otherwise, go with a ground cover.
     
  4. Lawn rangers of texas

    Lawn rangers of texas LawnSite Member
    Posts: 34

    What about buffalo grass? I heard it was very strong.If I trim the trees it might give me the light i need.
     
  5. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,102

    You are going to have dirt no matter what you do unless you get rid of the trees and keep the animals off your yard.

    St. Augustine will not tolerate heavy foot traffic and Bermuda does not care for dogs at all!

    I don't know jack squat about Buffalo grass.

    Walk your dogs at a dog park and clean up after them. Otherwise quit trying to have a decent stand of turf.
     
  6. Firefighter337

    Firefighter337 LawnSite Senior Member
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  7. Firefighter337

    Firefighter337 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 373

    not good in shade. Sorry man.
     
  8. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    Ignore everyone else. your only option for dallas shade grass is going to be fescue.

    heavy dog traffic will not be the best, but it can withstand some. mow it lower and let it tiller better to become dense.
     
  9. Lawn rangers of texas

    Lawn rangers of texas LawnSite Member
    Posts: 34

    It's not my yard I am doing It is for one of my regulars. I there something I should put down and till in before I lay? And what is the best time of the year to do this?
     
  10. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,723

    The newer Bermuda named Celabration is great for recovering from injury and is the best shade tolarant of all the Bermudas I know of. But having said that, like others have stated, low light and dogs make for a lawn killer. If the dogs just run a path around the fence then you can build a dog run and then resod the rest of the areas. I know this sounds like bad news but there is not a grass that can stand up to this type situation.
     

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