Clover Seed Type for Shady Lawn

Asked August 29, 2019, 1:48 PM EDT

I live in Baltimore. I have a shady lawn and have trouble growing grass. I'm thinking about planting clover mixed in with grass seed (for shady lawns). I read on the UMd extension website that microclover, though it works well with tall fescue for the most part, does not do well in the shade. Are there any types of clovers for lawns that do well in the shade?

Maryland lawns and turf plant selection

1 Response

Hi - Clovers are sun-loving plants. There are no types that are adapted for growing in the shade. For sites that receive a lot of shade, we recommend fine fescue grasses. Hard fescue, creeping red fescue, and sheep fescue are best suited for shady areas. Please refer to our website for information.
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/growing-grass-shade

Also, here is information about lawn alternatives, https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/lawn-alternatives.

Christa