Grass for Shady Areas


Question: Our majestic oak trees make growing grass underneath them a huge problem.  What types of grasses can be grown in these areas?

Grass, like all plants, develops food in its leaves and requires sunlight.  Areas such as you describe are quite common and unavoidable.  St. Augustine (Stenotaphrum secundatum) is a good variety and if the light is filtered during the day, this type of grass will spread.  Some of the other grasses that have been adapted to lower light levels include:  Floratine or Seville.  If grass is not a necessity for you, try some of  the border-type plantings such as beds of Boston fern or creeping fig.

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