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Re-seeding shady areas?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Valk, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,743

    Late Summer (Sept) is traditionally the best time for reseeding...but what if the areas you wish to re-seed are shady areas? The re-seeded areas would get very little sunlight.

    Would Spring (Mar/Apr) be a better bet as there would be more sunlight available until the tree's leaf out?
    Am thinking the grass would get a better headstart...

    Right, thinning the trees is an important element here...:laugh:
  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    ........... no
  3. creatived

    creatived LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    Shade seed fall is the best early spring is the next option
  4. burge19

    burge19 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    make sure you use the right kind of grass.... in michigan we use like a tall fescue for shady areas
  5. david shumaker

    david shumaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 721

    If the area gets very little light, even a shade mix of seed may not work. I usually tell customers to do something else with the area. If it's under a tree with very little sunlight, I suggest mulching around the tree.
  6. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,634

    I used to have a customer that wanted a very shady area to be lawn. I used to seed it 3 times per year. It would grow for a while, then die. But it looked like lawn most of the time.
  7. GracesLandscaping

    GracesLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 632

    never found ANY effective way to produce grass under a large tree. usually comes up... then goes back down lol

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