Springtime shady lawn patches

Asked April 12, 2019, 3:25 PM EDT

My kids have been at batting practice in the yard for long enough that, now that the grass is coming in, the pitching "mound" and the strike zone are worn to the soil. I would consider getting some sod in there, but these patches experience significant shade, dappled sunlight mostly, due to a very old and large Japanese maple at one end and a crepe myrtle at the other. Any advice?

Montgomery County Maryland shade lawns

1 Response

You do not have a lot of options for growing grass in the shade. There are no sod selections for the shade. Turf type tall fescue grows best in full sun to partial shade. It needs a minimum of 4 hours of direct sun.

Fine fescues grow in shady areas but need a bare minimum of 2 hours of direct sun for best growth. They do not tolerate foot traffic, a lot of mowing, and poor drainage. Take a look at our website for information on growing grass in the shade. You may have to consider some lawn alternatives like garden beds, groundcovers, etc.
http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/growing-grass-shade

Marian