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What to use in the shade on a bermuda lawn?

mitsuman47

LawnSite Member
Location
East Texas
I'm thinking about renovating my yard and using bermuda, but I have 2 large (LARGE) oak trees in the front yard. I'm ~99% sure bermuda won't grow there. What type of grass can I use in the shade that will look like bermuda? I'm in east Texas, borderline zones 7 & 8.
 

Josey Wales

LawnSite Member
Location
Tulsa Oklahoma
Zoysia may do ok. It is more shade tolerant than bermuda certainly.

If zoysia will work then go for it. Zoysia will take the same care program as your bermuda.

I've used tall fescue in my shade and it works well with my bermuda but it's literally like having a completely separate lawn to care for and that is a real pain.

See if you can get a single strip of zoysia sod and put it in your shade to see how it does first.
 
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mitsuman47

LawnSite Member
Location
East Texas
Thanks for the help.

I'm just wanting to make sure I get something that is the same blade size/color so it doesn't look bad.

Will zoysia overtake the berm after a while?

What brand and "type" of zoysia do you guys recommend?

Thanks again for the help.
 

BermudaRectangle

LawnSite Member
Location
Keller, Texas
I'm not an expert, but I had "Zoysia" on my Missouri lawn sharing turf space with "Kentucky Blue".

Obvious characteristic was the late greening, early browning with the change of season.

Now with my Bermuda Texas lawn, it seemed to match the same greening/browning cycle.

Zoysia won't crowd out your Bermuda (more like the other way around), but since the Bermuda doesn't do well in shade, they can live harmoniously.

I'm using fescue on the shady areas right now. It's not in a highly visible area of the house, so I don't mind the solid green patch that lingers long after the Bermuda has turned brown...
 
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mitsuman47

LawnSite Member
Location
East Texas
Thanks again for the help.

How much should I expect to pay for a pallet of St. A.?
How many yards of grass is on a pallet?

I'm not looking for 100% accurate numbers...just ballpark.
 

soilsample

LawnSite Member
Location
Louisiana
Mitsuman47

I live in SW Louisiana.... there is a sod farm here. Last spring the prices were around $100-120 per pallot of sod if you pick it up on your trailer.

If memory serves me correctly... one pallot covers 400-500 sq ft.

PM me if you need contact info for sod farm.
 


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