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Old 04-09-2015, 08:08 AM   #1
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repeating the same lawn mistake?


I live in a townhouse that has a tiny patch of front lawn (about 15' x 15') with a 25' tall Bradford pear tree (or somesuch) in the center. This is also on the north side so between the structure and the tree the lawn sees essentially zero sunshine once the leaves come in. The last few years the lawn that I used to get pretty reliably when the tree was smaller is now just a bare mud patch. Every year I go get some of the "dense shade" grass seed mixture and it comes in OK, but then the shade and summer heat reverts it all to a bare mud/clay patch once again.

Is there any shade grass that will really live is full shade? Short of a rock garden or cutting down the tree what are my options? I am not a big "lawn guy" but the bare mud is a mess. One co-worker recommended pachysandra but that stuff is expensive, gets too long to walk on (small driveway so I have to get on the lawn to go around the car), and it would spread to neighbors.

What a PITA....
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Picture would be nice.
Concidered just covering the area with mulch to make it lower maintance?
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Concrete... LOL! I was thinking Astroturf but not sure the HOA would be happy with either. The surface roots from the big tree would also be a problem for both of these.
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Mulch would not effect the roots or the tree.
Covering with top soil would.
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Bradford pears are inexpensive. Take the tree out and replant with a 3 ft. tree every 6-8 years. Of course with permission.
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Bradford pears are inexpensive. Take the tree out and replant with a 3 ft. tree every 6-8 years. Of course with permission.
I agree and consider a less dense ornamental tree.
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It was new construction and the builder's "gift" to me. Some folks got smaller species but I was not so lucky. I thought not much about it until it got so damed huge. Taking it out now would probaby mean cutting it down and grinding the stump. The roots are too developed to try to pull it down without risking the pipes, sidewalk, etc.
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Depending on how handy you are and the proximity to the structure, you may consider cutting it down yourself. Then hire a company with a stump grinder to remove the stump. I wouldn't expect this to be a costly job.
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Sometimes looking a gift horse in the mouth becomes a necessity. I'm surprised your HOA permits the muddy yard you describe. Just do what ya gotta do.
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Looking from another perspective I suppose planting another tree would in essence be repeating the same mistake.
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Looking from another perspective I suppose planting another tree would in essence be repeating the same mistake.
Plant the same species and you're right! That's why I mentioned a small, less dense ornamental.
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