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Are There Any Shade-Tolerant Grasses?


Question: Are There Any Shade-Tolerant Grasses?

Many lawns are plagued with shady areas, which are generally inhospitable to grass. For instance, if you have large shade trees in the lawn, you may have trouble getting grass to grow under them. Many who find themselves trying to get rid of moss in the lawn can thank shade, in part, for their problem.

What's the solution? You must install shade-tolerant grasses in shady areas....


Most grass types crave sun. But shade-tolerant grasses do exist. In the U.S., there are shade-tolerant grasses suitable both for the North and the South:

  • For the South, St. Augustine is used
  • For Northern lawns, tall fescues are often the solution in shady areas

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