Types of Grass That Grow Under Shade Trees

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Most types of grass require full sun to sustain normal growth. They thin out and become susceptible to diseases when planted under shade trees. A few grasses tolerate shade, but they require different cultural practices that those that require full sun.

Types

  • Shade-tolerant, cool-season grasses, such as tall fescue and fine fescue, do well in the Northern United States. Shade-tolerant, warm-season grasses, such as St. Augustine and zoysiagrass, do well in the Southern United States.

Considerations

  • Cut the grass at the highest recommended mowing height to make more of the blade surface available for photosynthesis in low-light situations. Irrigate grass plants deeply to reduce competition with tree roots for water. Remove tree limbs, leaves and grass clippings that prevent sunlight from reaching the grass.

Warning

  • Many seed mixtures include Kentucky bluegrass, which is not suitable for growing under shade trees. Select seed mixtures that include at least two varieties of shade-tolerate species, such as rough or supine bluegrass.

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