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Leaves and shade= no grass!

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by South Florida Lawns, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    So my back yard is all Laurel oaks that are messy with constant leaves dropping and its pretty shady too. I just trimmed the trees off my roof and also got more light to hit my St. Augustine which is yellow and thin, even with fertilizer and water I cant get solid turf. I know my PH is all whacked out from the acid in the leaves and us mulching them with the mowers, what all do i need to get a decent back yard? I know my Floratam St. Augustine hates shade, which is why I'm half tempted to try some Palmetto. Any ideas guys?
  2. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    How big of an area? How compacted is the ground? Loads of roots near the surface?
  3. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    Live Oaks shed leaves year round which isn't as big PITA as Laurels that drop leaves at the same time. I also believe Laurels produce more leaves.

    A shade loving Ground cover like Wedelia might be a way of keeping some green. Wedelia can be mowed, needs very little Fert or water and stays bright green. It spread very fast in fact so fast it is considered a Noxious Exotic.
  4. I say use jasmine minima. Wedalia is good but it is a noxious weed
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  5. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,468

    seville or another semi dwarf cultivar would have better shade tolerance.
  6. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    I prefer Bitter Blue for shade areas but only because it has the wide Blade and blends nicely with Floratam. But I am assuming these Oaks are there to stay and will only create more shade as the years go by. Therefore I believe a shade loving Ground Cover would offer a longer term solution.

    It May be possible to seed Rye or even Fescue under the Oaks in the winter. But come spring they are gone and the rainy season of summer is when you need erosion control.

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