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Shade/trees= no grass...Help

Tude

LawnSite Member
Location
North Texas
I think I have tried about everything under the sun to get grass to grow in my yard.
Have tilled, fertilized and sewn several varieties of grass seed in the past five years with no lasting luck. Kentucky 31 mix and a Fescue seed were the last I used due to advice from my County Ag Extension Agent.

Have used everything from commercial fertilizers applied per instructions, to using cow manure. No luck.

My lawn will green up very nice after planting and slowly die out to nothing each time. It always gets enough water but it seems that the first places to start dieing is in the shadiest spots of my yard. I have several large oak trees surrounding my house and this problem just leaves me scratching my head.

I have a sand/sandy loam yard with good drainage and ample water. I've trimmed all my trees back as far as I can without making them deformed.

Any sound ideas?
 

ElephantNest

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
La.
Tried St. Augustine? Grows great in shade, naturally weed repellent when healthy and thick.
 
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Tude

LawnSite Member
Location
North Texas
I guess the cost plus no nearby sources have kept me from trying St. Augustine. Would it do well in sandy soil?
 

ElephantNest

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
La.
Yes, it would do fine in sandy soil. Just treat it right, with proper fertilizer and watering. If you have time, and are not in a rush, you could checkerboard it, save you some cash. Or use plugs. But I'd recommend a full install, start from scratch and you should see great results.
 

BermudaRectangle

LawnSite Member
Location
Keller, Texas
St. Augustine does well in shade, but it also has a tendency to overtake other grasses in the area.

I have enough trouble keeping the St. Augustine from my neighbor's yard from propagating into mine...and not only where our property lines butt up against each other, but even across the driveway! :eek:

St. Augustine is also fungus prone, so careful with excess water in the area...
 

LouisianaZJ

LawnSite Member
Location
Louisiana
Why not just trim or thin out the trees?
 

TurfGuyTX

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
DFW
Del Mar St. Augustine is a variety that we've had good results with in the DFW area. All the varieties need some sunshine. If it's completely shaded, you need to rethink your goals. If you want, contact me and I'll see if I can look at it with you.
 
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