Shady Conditions

Growing turfgrass in the shade can be a frustrating situation. There is a point where it is just too shady to maintain a good stand of turf. That point can often be tough to identify, visually, because our eyes respond rapidly to changes in light levels. All grasses, even shade grasses, require a certain level of light exposure in order to survive. As time passes, trees grow taller and the canopy expands. The gradual reduction in light levels causes the turf to slowly thin out. If an area is consistently thin because of shade, here are a few things to consider:

Turfgrass is nothing more than a perennial grass. It is subject to similar limitations as any other perennial plant. If an area is not supporting an acceptable stand of grass, it is possible that another landscape option would be better.(Ground cover, mulch beds, water gardens, etc.)

If you plan to maintain turfgrass in a shady environment, there are a few things to keep in mind: