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Best Warm season grass for shade

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by gulfjoe, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have a real shady spot at an HOA im bidding on and they wont grass installed. What would be the best choice? Zoysia?
     
  2. How much shade? How many hours of sun?

    Def not zoysia...seville or palmetto st augustine
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  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Real shady and real good grass just don't go together.
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  4. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
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  5. Hmmmmmmmm.....I have a yard like that with palmetto that does pretty well. It does get aerified and cut wiyh a small mower...
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  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    I tried Palmetto before. Did ok for a while but ended up putting in huge mulch rings around the oaks. It just didn't want to thrive within 12ft of the trunk. Roots were well covered naturally too.
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  7. Jcl4slc

    Jcl4slc LawnSite Senior Member
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    St aug can tolerate shade but 4hrs would cause it to decline over time. Put artificial
     
  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Palmetto and Seville aren't your regular SA/Floratam varities.
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  9. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm going to really measure the amount of sun today. 4 hours was a ballpark.
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  10. Skipster

    Skipster LawnSite Bronze Member
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    St. Aug in Columbus GA? If this site isn't irrigated I don't think you're going to have much luck with that.

    Do whatever you can to reduce the shade (if it's caused by trees, try thinning the canopy), then plant zoysiagrass.
     

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