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Old 08-07-2008, 05:46 PM   #1
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My lawn is always in shade. It is thin, patchy, and weedy. I've worked on it, but with little results. What would you do for this?

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Is it shady due to trees or due to shading from a building? If trees, likely nothing will work since tree roots will suck most of the water from the ground before the grass gets it. You might try reseeding with a shady seed mix if it is only shade from a building. My 2 cents.
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:48 AM   #3
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It is shade from trees.
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The old "dry, shade."

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If trees, likely nothing will work since tree roots will suck most of the water from the ground before the grass gets it.
Good call there bob22.
That seems so strange. No wonder most folks don't realize that. Seems like the tree roots would be further in the ground under the grass.

Sweaty, how large a lawn are you talking about? Several choices, some more expensive than others. Maybe one of the creeping fescues, maybe some kind of groundcover, maybe some shrubs and mulch?
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Trim the trees to raise the canopy.
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Trim the trees to raise the canopy.
$$$$$$$??????????

Still have the issue of the trees sucking the water. Kind of like the big dog on the porch!
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Unless you consider cutting the trees down, what is your point? Grass requires more water than trees in any event.
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Sweaty, how large a lawn are you talking about?
Maybe OP can clarify if this means the entire yard or just a shady corner.

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If trees, likely nothing will work since tree roots will suck most of the water from the ground before the grass gets it.
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Grass requires more water than trees in any event.
Didn't realize water was the issue in this thread. However, in Georgia watering needs of lawns and watering needs of trees are two different things. And trees get what water there is first. At least according to the University of Georgia.

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what is your point?
How many trees?
Arborist expense at what cost compared to planting shade tolerant plants?

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