I need to sow grass on a large area under an oak tree. While I'm at it I
want to over seed my entire front lawn. My question is what seeds, if any,
are best for areas in both shaded areas and areas in full sun?
I know autumn is the best time for over seeding, but I don't want to wait
that long. So other than waiting for fall, when would be the second best
time for doing the job?
I live in North Central Texas which is in zone 8.
There is only one turfgrass which may survive and it's St. Augustine
sod, nothing else will do well in the TX summers. I say to find a
nice ground cover, drought tolerant, no grass. If you want to
overseed your lawn, I need more information. Do you want green grass
that needs mowing in winter? If so, use perennial rye, blue fescue,
and any of the cool season grasses. For me, it's not worth all the
On Wed, 7 Feb 2007 15:37:24 -0600, "Freckles"
Please be careful of your tree as you do this. Most of a tree's
feeder roots are int eh top foot or two of soil, so excessive tilling
under teh tree's canopy could do extensive damage. The root crown
should be exposed to open air, so don't add soil to cover root flares
(and excavate the crown if the builder or someone else already buried
it). The critical root zone should be covered in a 3.5-inch layer of
mulch, preferably organics like wood chips or bark. This zone is
generally defined as a circle one foot in diameter per inch of trunk
diameter (at breast height, 1 meter above grade). Often, grass lovers
are unwilling to give up this much space; if that's you, any area of
mulch is better than none. A foot or two from the trunk will at least
give a little respite from the grass and remove the temptation to
whack the tree with a string trimmer at mowing time. More is better.
ISA Certified Arborist #TX-0236
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