grass in shade

Asked February 6, 2019, 8:05 PM EST

I need to re-build my grass this coming spring. The yard is shaded completely by mature maple and ash. The soil is clay in Littleton. What seed blend do I need to look for? Which producers have the best lines of seed for this application?

Arapahoe County Colorado lawns and turf

1 Response

Hello there,

To begin with, fine fescues for tall fescues are good grasses for shady areas. You will need to decide which one you prefer.

Here is a document that discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the two types. http://cmg.colostate.edu/Gardennotes/561.pdf

Here's some additional information on fine fescues if you decide to go with that type of grass.
http://cmg.colostate.edu/Gardennotes/564.pdf

Once you have decided, here is some information on the varieties of fescues that we recommend. http://cmg.colostate.edu/Gardennotes/562.pdf

And here are some sources for grass seed in Colorado. http://cmg.colostate.edu/Gardennotes/566.pdf

Taking care of turf in shaded areas is a little bit different. So check out this link on how to take care of lawns in the shade. http://planttalk.colostate.edu/topics/lawns/1518-growing-grass-shade/

Finally, you may already know this, but here's some information on how to "renovate your lawn." That is, how to reseed it. https://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/yard-garden/renovating-the-home-lawn-7-241/

I hope I didn't overwhelm you with all of this information. Good luck.