What is causing my grass to disappear ?

Asked May 15, 2018, 4:57 PM EDT

We have three fully grown maple trees on the south side of our home. The past few years our grass is disappearing below them. It started under the middle tree and is now extended to the base of each of the other two. A few years ago I saw some bees hovering around the lower branches and we saw bees going into the ground by the middle tree. I have read several item about miner bees but none say anything about their grass disappearing. We also swept up a lot of dead bees in the basement by the floor drain. That was when this all started a few years ago , but not of late. Seems to me what ever the problem it got wider and wider each year. Mu husband has tried to reseed but no such luck. Do you ever send some one out to check on things like this??? Thank you for what ever help you can give us!

Le Sueur County Minnesota

1 Response

It is difficult to grow grass under trees in general. Maple trees have a dense canopy that doesn’t let much light through. The leaves also tend to mat when they fall. And the grass competes with tree roots for water and nutrients. Some things you can try are using a shade tolerrant grass such as fescue, raking up leaves in the fall and consider removing lower branches to let more light through. Otherwise you might consider shade tolerant plants such as ground covers. Additional information is given in the following websites. 1. https://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/turfwars.html 2. https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/landscaping/best-plants-for-tough-sites/docs/08464-complete.pdf