Your Shady Grass

November 11, 2013 | Lawn Care, posted by Sasha

large home with long walkway and maintained lawn in the shade

More often than not, there are probably trees growing near your lawn. Some have more trees than others and maybe you’re experiencing some lawn problems in those shady lawn areas. The way your grass grows under shade may be dependent on the type of grass you have, but there are some general things to keep in mind when taking care of your shady lawn.

Shady Lawn Tips:

  • How much sun does my shady lawn need? Your grass needs sun, but maybe not as much as you think. Generally, grass needs four to six hours of sunlight, and it can be filtered sunlight. If you see low hanging tree branches that are affecting the amount of sun exposure, it might be a good idea to trim them.

  • What about mowing my shady lawn? We suggest mowing ½ to 1 inch higher than your sunny lawn areas. This allows the shadier parts of your lawn to capture more sunlight because they have a larger leaf area. Also, don’t forget to alternate mowing directions each time you mow your lawn.

  • Does it require more watering? It depends and it can get a little tricky. Because of the trees nearby, the shady parts of your lawn can experience dry grass symptoms. This is when you would need to irrigate more. Keep in mind that “more” does not mean more often, but a deep watering for healthy grass roots.

If you have any questions about taking care of your shady lawn, give us a call at The Grass Outlet!