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What type grass to plant?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by ddennissr, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. ddennissr

    ddennissr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I live in the Upstate of SC. I have an area between open fields and hardwood trees that has sandy soil, and little or no grass. This area is about 30 feet wide. It is shady. Fescue did not work.
    What grass will thrive in this area? I was thinking about some type Bermuda.
    Please advise...........

  2. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Messages: 2,636

    What type of fescue did you try? TTTF? Creeping red? Some varieties do better than others in shade, in fact there is a considerable difference. Also, get a soil test and make sure PH, and nutrient balances are a-ok.
  3. cpa4t9r

    cpa4t9r LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    Bermuda - bad in shade. I prefer cool-season grasses, but I've read that St. Augustine tolerates shade the best of the warm-season types.

    Try a blend with TTTF/KBG - don't know how they like sandy soil - have clay around here. Fine fescues would do best in the shade but don't tolerate traffic very well - but it will grow in the shade with little maintenance/care. I've had no problems growing TTTF in shady areas but quality improved when added hybrid KBG to the mix.
  4. alf500series

    alf500series LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    is this for a residential lawn or just a field?

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