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North Texas seeded shady grass options?

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

  1. OP

    Bluelude1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    Little better perspective from earlier in the year when the leaves started falling.

  2. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,119

    You've got those tree's looking good. The grass and the trees will both be much healthier. In that situation sunlight penetration and air movement become important and limbing up tree's really helps with that.

    Know that overseeded bermuda is already weak from competing with the rye.

    That new wooden fence in the background will really hurt air movement and the grass needs that.

    Did you know that a mature oak tree will absorb up to 600 gallons of water a day with its roots ? It's no wonder grass struggles so much under trees.

    Know that once the tree's leaf out it's going to be shady until next Oct. The grass will thin out. You really can't stop that from happening.

    You have raised the canopy height as much as possible and you could almost get away with leaving it alone but being in Dallas TX that grass is going to need some help.

    Make 12-15 foot tree rings around every tree. Don't have anything growing in those rings. Use a flat spade to make your shallow edge. You have to maintain that edge at least once a year.

    Mow only in the afternoon when its totally dry. It reduces stress on the grass. Set the HOC as high as possible. Try not to mow at all in the heat.

    Water sparingly. The grass will be under severe stress. Too much water just makes it worse. the same goes for fertilizer inputs. Keep the Nitrogen low.

    Those trees are big enough that you can maintain St. Aug. beneath them. Your just going to have to baby it during the summer. Good luck.
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,258

    If you can't afford to have st agustine down then bermuda seed in the summer after all the rye dies. It won't ever look very nice \.
  4. takervader

    takervader LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 546

    I think I would mulch and plant shade-loving flowers or plants in most of that area, or some other landscape feature.

    Bermuda won't do great but I think it can survive in between some mulched areas based on just how much sun it gets and how good the soil is.
  5. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Ark
    Messages: 6,503

    St Aug can fill in pretty quickly from plugs if done correctly, just saying
  6. woodlawnservice

    woodlawnservice LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,412

    No more shade than I see... I'd try a new improved Bermuda variety. Such as latitude 36 or tahoma.... I personally seen the latitude survive literally almost 80%shade. Very little filtered light ! I would of said no way ,but it has....
    As for zoysia. it will take some shade as well but, there has been a nation wide shortage of seed..... I could not find it anywhere us wide for the last 8 months and its projected to last well into this season I'm told.. so good luck on seed...

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