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Old 05-18-2017, 06:19 PM   #1
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Hello,
This is a spot that had grass behind our townhouse. Then we expanded the deck.
Gradually this became a dead zone for grass.it does get diffused light, some direct light in late evening.

Also rain drips via the deck floor to that spot.

I put some shady grass seeds, didn't work.

What kind of grass Will grow here(2nd pic), shall I add (natural)grass mats?
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Old 05-18-2017, 06:43 PM   #2
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This Monkey grass thrives in mostly shade along the north side of our house. Receives summer sun early AM and late PM. If it looks acceptable try researching it for adaptability in your zone.

I planted this between the new construction walk way and the house as rhizome sprigs from the green area to the right in the side walk pic. It filled in nicely in a couple of years.

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This Monkey grass thrives in mostly shade along the north side of our house. Receives summer sun early AM and late PM. If it looks acceptable try researching it for adaptability in your zone.

I planted this between the new construction walk way and the house as rhizome sprigs from the green area to the right in the side walk pic. It filled in nicely in a couple of years.

I'm in sePA.
So I ask in HD for "monkey grass"?
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If a dense shade mix won't work, you can put ryegrass and plan on overseeding it each year. Kind of fighting against nature, but on an area that small, it's doable.
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I'm in sePA.
So I ask in HD for "monkey grass"?
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I would be surprised if HD has it and there is more than one cultivar. A botanical nursery would more likely to stock it or order it.

Which cultivar we have I don't have the foggiest idea as it was given to us as a few plants at least a couple of decades ago. I just wish it would grow over the whole ranch because I only mow it once per year in February, but it just won't do that.
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If a dense shade mix won't work, you can put ryegrass and plan on overseeding it each year. Kind of fighting against nature, but on an area that small, it's doable.
So I get rye grass as sapling or seeds?
That has so many cultivars oh my!

I'm no grass expert lol
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I know this will sound strange at first, but your setup at the townhouse reminds me of one I had. There were medium sized palms that both provided privacy & also a beautiful view from the sliding glass windows. This says that your climate is more sub-tropical, & humid than the rest of PA?

http://www.florida-palm-trees.com/pe...ia-palm-trees/

The view from the house looked rather like the cluster of palms here, only not as thick and planted. http://www.ourhouseplants.com/plants/areca-palm

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Sorry , but I have to ask : why do you want grass there ?
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I would put down rock or something instead of grass from the standpoint of that looks like a tough area to navigate a mower.

FWIW, red fescue is the variety of grass we use around here in low sun areas, not rye.
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Sorry , but I have to ask : why do you want grass there ?
Well it's a townhouse...for uniformity I want grass or anything resembling grass.

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This has always been a tough thing. Growing grass in difficult areas. Since this is beneath the deck, I recommend removing the grass. Put down a layer of thick plastic to prevent weeds and then cover with stone.
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Its not always a shade issue. I planted and planted seed around a tree thinking it was the shade - come to find out, the tree was stealing all the moisture leaving the soil too dry for grass. I see you have some plants there... Is the area being irrigated properly?

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