Soil preparation for planting new residential turf under large shade tree

Asked September 18, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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?

thank you,
Ken Barickman
Harris County, TX (near the Galveston County line at League City, TX)

Galveston County Texas lawns and turf groundcovers horticulture

1 Response

You have a challenging spot, but there are some solutions.
Thanks for the question