which type of grass to plant

Asked April 22, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT

My question is:
I have an area that sits under a ponderosa pine tree and then extends out into a part sun/part shaded area (where a Maple tree partially shades the area). We have had to replace the sod in this area before because it eventually dies out from the needles falling, foot traffic and a minimal amount of animal use.
I need to see what would be the best type of grass to plant in this area that will stay healthier for a longer period of time and hold up under these conditions. Could you please give me an idea of what would work best for these condtions? Thank you!

Arapahoe County Colorado lawns and turf

1 Response

Growing grass under trees is challenging at best. This link will give you some good information on why it is so difficult. http://www.ext.colostate.edu/ptlk/1518.htmlThe primary causes of poor turf performance include: heavy shade from tree canopy, lack of water, competition for nutrients and sometimes it is a physical “smothering” by the fallen needles.

Tall fescue has moderate shade tolerance and some varieties of Kentucky bluegrass have fair shade tolerance. The link below provides some varieties of each that do well in your area:

Finally, due to the problems you have had in the past and the liklihood of the same problems in the future, I would strongly encourage you to look for a nice ground cover for under this area. There are many to choose from that would work perfectly for your situation. See the following fact sheet for information on groundcovers: