Shade Seed Blend

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Rwise10230, Sep 3, 2004.

  1. Rwise10230

    Rwise10230 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    I'm at wits end. I've got 3 lawns where filtered sunlight is the only sunlight available. I seeded last fall and they came in beautifully and was even better this spring. When the leaves formed, they went to pieces and now I'm back at almost dirt. Having my customers remove any trees or pruning limbs is not gonna happen so I have to live with the shade.

    I used Lesco's shade blend last time and refuse to go that route again.

    Surely you folks have been through this many times and I need some suggestions on seed blends that might work.
  2. Branchland

    Branchland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    I've been told to use a type of fescue call creeping red. It's supposed to work well in shaded areas. I believe it has a smaller blade which might make it not cut as well. I know I'm going to try it on a couple of yards.
  3. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,266

    Creeping red fescue does do well in the shade. I have used it for several clients of mine. It doesn't like heavy traffic though. Think about where you are going to be using it.
  4. Cutters Lawn Care

    Cutters Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    Is your customer watering the grass. Fescue will thin out in the summer. If the grass is planted directly under the tree the grass can't compete against the tree for water. The trees are gonna win that battle everytime.
  5. farmer_lab

    farmer_lab LawnSite Member
    from KS
    Messages: 28

    I would try pennington seed (enviro-shade) I have had really good luck with it growing in the dense shade.
  6. LESCO#1

    LESCO#1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    strong survive
  7. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    I usually keep a bag of Scott's prem blend (Sun/Shade) in the truck if I make a divot I just throw downa hand full and don't mow that are the next time. Works pretty good as long as it's not to dry.
  8. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    Using Lesco seed was your first mistake. That stuff sucks, and is over priced.

    I agree with the watering assessment. I have problems with my seed customers understanding that just because the seed has grown, they now don't have to water or care for it anymore. More often than not new grass will die off because the people stop watering or feeding it. Especially around trees and shady areas.
  9. horseman201

    horseman201 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 153

    The Lesco seed that is for the sun is good for me but the shade mix is just what MTDMAN said, It really does suck. using creeping red is the best bet you got for now. I have alot of yards with the same situation and I put down the creeping red in the fall and then put out the Lesco sun mix in the spring. I know this may sound crazy to put out the sun mix under the trees but I have noticed that with the creeping red included with the sun mix that they help each other.
  10. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,275

    Some good advice....I have never used creeping red, I will have to give that a shot for under the trees. Does it look like regular fescue? Does it blend in well?

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