I plan to try to renovate the shady area of my lawn in late August. I'd
Here's the situation...I'm in a borderline Mason-Dixon climate where most
nothern grasses don't do well and turf-type tall fescue is the main
recommended grass. However, I have irrigation (plenty of free water) and
have considered bluegrass or other finer fescues.
My soil seems too compacted and poor in some spots. The current grass is
ok...just too thin. Weeds are only about 1%. Perhaps I should get my
biggest tree thinned out a bit for it's health and to get more light on the
I would love help getting a plan of action together.
That's about the same size shade area I battle with here in Ohio. I
brought in decent topsoil, added some organics and seed it twice
a year with a rye/fine fescue blend. I use 10-18-10 fertilizer there
and -never- put pre-emergent down.
You mentioned you have a free water source, I water my shade area
at least 1 to 2 inches per week.
It's a never ending battle, and pruning your tree as you suggested
If all else fails, consider replacing the turf with shade tolerant
What "organics" would you put down ?
Would a rye/fine fescue blend survive here ? I'm about the same climate as
extreme southern Ohio...say Cincinati or Louisville. Bermuda grows here in
the sun...but barely.
Tall fescue is not suited to shade areas. Most shade mixes rely on
varieties like creeping red fescue and other fine fescues. I'd go
with a high quality shade mix. I've used Johnathon Green Shady Nook
and Dense shade with good results. The denser the shade, the tougher
it is to grow grass.
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