Last Updated on September 3, 2023 by Paul Guzman
11 Tips on How to Grow Grass in Shaded Areas. Shade can be a huge problem for gardeners. If you have an area that gets very little sunlight, it is difficult to grow grass in these areas. However, there are some steps you can take to get the most out of your shaded spaces. We’ve compiled 8 tips on how to grow grass in shaded areas!
Tip #01: Amend the Soil
One of the best things you can do for your shaded garden is to amend the soil. Add organic matter to the soil to help improve drainage and nutrient levels. You can also add in a bit of compost to help boost microbial activity. This will help break down any organic matter in the soil and make nutrients more available to the plants.
Tip #02: Use a Shade-Tolerant Grass Variety
Not all grass varieties grow well in shaded areas. Be sure to choose a shade-tolerant variety if you are planting in a shady spot. There are many diverse types of shade-tolerant grasses available, so you are sure to find one that will work well in your garden. You can choose, for example, Tall Fescue Grass, which is an excellent choice for areas that receive a minimum of 4 hours of sunlight.
Tip #03: Water Sparingly
When you are growing grass in shaded areas, it is very important to avoid overwatering the plant. Shady spots tend to be cooler and retain moisture more than sunny spaces do, so make sure not to over-water your plants by checking soil regularly for dryness before watering. Too much water will only lead to root rot and other problems.
Tip #04: Fertilize Regularly
Fertilizing your grass is essential, even when it is growing in a shaded area. However, you will need to use a light hand when fertilizing shady plants. Too much fertilizer can actually burn the plant’s roots. Also, make sure to use lawn fertilizer that is specific for turfgrass in the shade.
Tip #05: Prune Trees and Shrubs Regularly
If you have trees or shrubs that are shading your lawn, be sure to prune them regularly. This will help increase the amount of sunlight that reaches your plants. Pruning also helps keep trees and shrubs healthy and looking their best.
Tip #06: Do Not Cut the Grass Too Short
When you are mowing your lawn, be sure not to cut the grass too short. This is especially important when growing grass in shaded areas. Cutting the grass too short can stress out the plant and make it difficult for it to recover. A good rule of thumb is to never cut more than one-third of the blade’s height at a time and keep it ½ to 1 inch taller than the sun-exposed grass.
Tip #07: Aerate and Overseed Your Lawn Every Season
Aerating your lawn is a good way to improve drainage in shaded areas. It also helps to break up the soil and make it easier for the grass to grow. You can aerate your lawn by using an aerating tool or by renting an aerator from your local garden center. You should also over-see your lawn every season to help maintain healthy and lush turf.
Tip #08: Install a Solar Light
If you have a shaded area that is difficult to light with natural sunlight, consider installing a solar light. This will provide the area with some supplemental light and help you get the most out of your garden.
Tip #09: Keep Foot Traffic to a Minimum
When you are growing grass in shaded areas, it is important to keep foot traffic to a minimum to reduce the stress the grass gets. This will help protect the plant and prevent damage from occurring. Choose a different spot for playing or walking if your yard has a shady area.
Tip #10: Consider Shade-Tolerant, Low Maintenance Groundcover
If you are not able to get grass to grow in a shady area, consider using shade-tolerant groundcover. There are many different types of groundcovers available that can thrive in shaded areas. Be sure to choose one that does not require too much maintenance and will stay healthy in the shade.
Tip #11: Consider Artificial Grass
Finally, if your lawn area receives very minimal direct sunlight and you insist on having grass, consider trying artificial grass. Artificial grass is a type of turf that does not require sunlight (made out of plastic), to stay green and healthy-looking, so you can have the perfect lawn even in the shadiest areas!
We hope these tips help you to successfully grow grass in shaded areas! For more information, be sure to check out our website Gardening Made Easy.