One Year Old Lawn is Struggling, Help!

Asked September 11, 2018, 11:46 AM EDT


We recently laid down new sod, Kentucky Bluegrass, last fall 2017. The area that was sodded is fairly heavily shaded by two large maples tree. Our lawn currently has lost MUCH of it's health and vitality, and is brown and patchy throughout.

We are attentive to mowing and watering.

Do you have any advice for what we can do this fall to help the lawn green back up for next spring? Is there anything we can/should do specifically, given that it likely does not receive as much sun/resources as it needs since it is competing with the tress?

I have attached several photos.

Please help, and thank you for any advice!!


Denver County Colorado

1 Response

Kentucky Bluegrass does not do well in shade, particularly heavy shade. We have attached a link to other types of turf-grass and their characteristics. Fescues are particularly good in shade.

Also, now would be the time to over-seed your bluegrass with a shade-tolerant grass, since the temperatures in the fall are cooler at night and help new seed establish in the Kentucky Bluegrass sod.

For basic care, here is an overall program that CSU recommends: