Durable shade grass

Discussion in 'Lawn Care/Landscaping' started by Lucky8926, Mar 19, 2019.

  1. Lucky8926

    Lucky8926 New Member

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    I need suggestions on grass to use in my back yard and an area in my front yard that are pretty shady. I have 2 dogs so they like to trample the grass in the back yard and the area by my truck where I get in and out next to my drive is also pretty sparse. Most durable grass such as playground mixes need full sun though. Is there anything out there that is durable but doesn't need full sun?
     
  2. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

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  4. WorthFlorida

    WorthFlorida The wife is still training me.

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    If you have very large tree almost nothing will grow. Seeds will start and germinate but with dogs trampling on it it will wear down to dirt. One of the main problems is the soil gets very compacted and if tree roots are along the surface, it will be a losing battle. Otherwise, if possible, rent a rotor tiller and brake up the ground about 4-6" if there are little or no root problems. Rake smooth and add some top, then seed. If possible, thin the tree out, not just cut the branches back but remove the entire branch. You want some sun light to penetrate to the ground. Tree in the spring time drop a lot of seeds and in the fall drop leaves. This material smothers the grass so you need to keep it raked and clear for the best results. It's hard for a definitive answer since we don't know the type of trees, yard location, how much shade and water, etc.
     
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  5. Lucky8926

    Lucky8926 New Member

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    Ok thanks. I'll have to check into thinning out some branches and tilling up the soil to get rid of some roots.
     

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