If you’re dreaming of a lush summer lawn, grass seed can be your best friend or your worst enemy, especially if your yard has some dreaded shady spots.
It can be hard to plant grass and get it to grow the way you’d like. Take a look at our tips for planting and maintaining shade-tolerant turfgrass, along with some potential alternatives. If you follow our advice, you’ll have it made in the shade come summer!
Seed Mixes for Shade
Most experts believe that a sun/shade mixture of grass seed types offers the best approach for shady spots. Shade tolerance can vary greatly based on temperature, soil quality and traffic.
Planting a seed mixture is a bit like throwing five or six potential solutions at the problem. Something in the mix is bound to stick!
If you insist on being a purist, opt for fine-leaf fescue. The Utah State University Extension highly recommends this turf for shady areas. It’s also drought-tolerant and slow-growing, saving you on both mowing and watering.
Consider Some Possible Alternatives
Honestly, no variety of grass grows gloriously well in a shady spot. Consider some possible alternatives for this part of your yard.
If the shade is coming from your trees or landscaping, you might consider either pruning or removing some of the branches.
If a building or other permanent structure is blocking the sun, consider ditching the grass altogether in this area. Instead, add low-growing groundcover or another plant species that loves the shade.
Finally, think about repurposing this portion of the yard for a sitting area, fountain or play space for the kids.
The Secret Is More Than the Seed
In many cases, the type of seed is less to blame for your bleak lawn than how you care for it.
The way you water your lawn can make or break its ability to thrive. Focus on deep soakings rather than the quick spritz your sprinkler system may be giving it.
Mow as infrequently and as tall as possible, and minimize foot traffic to encourage growth. Periodic overseeding also can help maintain the appearance of lush turf.
And, of course, fertilization and weed control are both crucial. The right fertilizing treatment will bolster your turf’s health and allow it to fight off pests and weeds.
Spring — the time to plant your lawn — will be here before you know it. All Green Pest Control and Lawn Care helps customers in Provo and the Salt Lake City area with all of their lawn care, weed management and pest control needs.
Rely on us to make sure your grass seed does its job this year!