will sod grow in a shaded area

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jeff_0, Mar 10, 2003.

  1. jeff_0

    jeff_0 LawnSite Senior Member
    from md
    Messages: 401

    i have a customer that wants to get his back yard sodded.. but i don't see if really getting any sunlight do to the trees shade.. If i put down sod will it grow? if not what other options do i have? Thanks
  2. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,876

    Man, that is totally a regional thing. I have no idea what kind of sod they grow around your area. But around where I live, all of the sod is 95% Perennial Ryegrass, which doesn't do well in full-shade. So we always have to seed those areas with Fescue blends.

    A good way to find out is just start calling some local sod farms and ask if they have a product that works in full shade. They'll tell you for sure.
  3. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 538

    I have installed a fescue blend sod in a shaded back yard and it did very well.
  4. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    We use Confederate Blend Fescue sod in our area. 4 way blend of shade and full sun fescue. Works beautifully. Just a thought.
  5. IBGreen

    IBGreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 726

    We have a customer who has St. Augustines in a couple shaded areas, looks great.
  6. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    Most sod will be stressed if planted in a shady area. Sod is grown out in a wide open field, getting full sun all day. Then you're gonna transplant that sun loving grass into shade? And expect it to do good? ha, ha!

    Most turfgrasses need 3 to 4 hours of direct sunlight for optimum growth. Some grasses will do fair in heavy shade with reflected sunlight. Bluegrass sod planted in shade here will basically be bare dirt in two years.

    There are some varieties of tall fescue that are more shade tolerant. Perhaps a sod grower there produces these for shady areas? Generally will get better success with seed, but need to use seed varieties that are shade tolerant. If heavy enough shade, and client needs grass there, you'll just have to seed once or twice a year. Young, freshly germinated grass always grows well.

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