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North Texas seeded shady grass options?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Bluelude1, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. Bluelude1

    Bluelude1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    Did a major renovation on a section of yard last year including irrigation install and heavy tree trimming, but the area is still going to have quite a bit of shade. The yard is normally overseeded with rye in the fall and it just so happens that that is all that is in that section now.

    With spring coming I trying to figure out what to put back there for the longer term and could use some advice.

    The rest of the lawn is common bermuda that is overseeded with rye. I've heard that Zoysia is a decent shade grass option for bermuda lawns, but isn't likely to grow well from seed with the existing rye yet plugs are impractical for the ~10k sqft area.

    Would it be better to go with a fescue/bluegrass blend or is there a better option (outside of sod...too expensive for the application)?
     
  2. takervader

    takervader LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 546

    I've seen some Zoysia survive shady conditions well, better than bermuda anyway, but its not from seed.
     
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  3. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
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    Solid sod it in St. Augustine. That only needs a little sun each day to do ok, if it is solid sod. It will not spread though with partial sun.
     
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  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,257

    Sod with St Augustine ....
     
  5. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,119

    Please post pictures.
     
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    Bluelude1

    Bluelude1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    I will post pictures tomorrow for context.

    Two problems with St Augustine, it's too big of an area to sod from $$$/labor standpoint and the other part is it's in the corner of an L shaped section yard that gets overseed with rye every year.
     
  7. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,933

    Well, you can do it cheap, or you can do it correctly, but in this case you can not do both. Better just plant some type of spreading ground cover and forget the winter Rye planting.
     
  8. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,119

    St. Augustine is probably your only choice in zone 8a. I need to see pictures to be sure but i can tell you now that bare tree rings and groundcovers are the way to go in hot area's.
     
  9. ToddH

    ToddH LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,217

    Fescue is a cool-season grass that is available in seed. It is the most shade tolerant but will burn in Texas summers if not in a lot of shade.
     
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    Bluelude1

    Bluelude1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    This is the back corner I am talking about. Obviously it doesn't look too shady at the moment.

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