Soil preparation for planting new residential turf under large shade tree
I have a tree shading my backyard resulting in die off of my existing St. Augustine grass. The grass is growing well for the first 4 feet under the drip line, but then dies out to no coverage for the 20 feet closest to the trunk and at the foundation edge.
What would be a good solution for a adding a new variety of turf grass under our tree and what sort of soil preparation should I perform before putting the new grass in?
Harris County, TX (near the Galveston County line at League City, TX)
- There are some turf possibilities. I'm attaching a link to the A&M turf site that shows those varieties that will perform well in the shade. The fescue you used is a cool season grass and would have been ideal for your situation is you lived in the northeast or Midwest. http://aggieturf.tamu.edu/answers4you/selection.html
- I think the better option is to use a groundcover. They are minimal maintenance, shade specific and offer a variety of textures and color. You'll need to prepare the site prior to planting, add some compost and loosen the planting area as much as possible (the root system of the tree may make this challenging). Mulch the area after the plants are installed. Here are 2 links with suggestions that can get you started. http://www.chron.com/life/gardening/article/Groundcovers-for-shade-1800864.php#photo-1394046 http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/giam/plants_and_grasses/grasses_lawncare/groundcover_shade.ht...