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Old 09-10-2015, 03:26 PM
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Planted new sod some 3 months ago, and 75% of it has thrived and looks great. However, there is a patch that sits underneath two trees that the grass has turned to dirt. Obviously sun is the issue, but how can I get something to grow here?? I see grass under trees all the time.

Thanks in advance, trying to post pictures
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I'd pick seed that thrives in partial shade and try to grow from seed.
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Kentucky Blue Grass is a type of grass that likes shade and really isn't heat tolerant, depending on your Geographical location that may be a decent choice.
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Cut down the tree.
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St Augustine will thrive in shade.
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Cut down the tree.
This is THT.. you're supposed to burn down said tree.
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Originally Posted by back at it View Post
St Augustine will thrive in shade.
NOT !!
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Originally Posted by back at it View Post
St Augustine will thrive in shade.
Originally Posted by Sneaky Snooker View Post
NOT !!
Guess I should have gone in detail but if it's not shade tolerant please advise. Here's a little piece of info:

St. Augustinegrass has the best tolerance for shade of any of the warm-season grass species and also grows well in full sunlight. The most shade-tolerant cultivars are 'Seville', 'Delmar', and 'Captiva', all of which can sustain with five to six hours of sunlight. 'Floratam', which is the most widely used St. Augustinegrass cultivar, has relatively poor shade tolerance and requires a minimum of six to eight hours of sunlight daily.
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Where in FL? And how is it being watered? A friend had his on a well but the water table was being penetrated with salt water. Grass in the sun was doing fine but in the shade it was dying. Not sure if that's applicable to your situation.
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Where in FL? And how is it being watered? A friend had his on a well but the water table was being penetrated with salt water. Grass in the sun was doing fine but in the shade it was dying. Not sure if that's applicable to your situation.
Miami, sprinklers every other day at 6AM but we have had a lot of rain lately and my system has sensors for that.. Grass was dead before then

Thinking of using Scott's seed and see how that works out; St Augustine
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Originally Posted by Captllama View Post
Miami, sprinklers every other day at 6AM but we have had a lot of rain lately and my system has sensors for that.. Grass was dead before then

Thinking of using Scott's seed and see how that works out; St Augustine
I've lived here since the 50's and have nevr seen seed for St Augustine...

Let me know where you buy it.....

As mentioned. There is a specific St Augustine for shade. Floratam is not it.

I think Palmetto is better, and easier to find.

Palisades Zoysia is one of the better shade tolerant centipede grasses.
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Have you read this? Very informative.
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/features/h...oridalawn.html

From what I understand St Augustine is typically sold as sod or plugs and doesn't do well from seed. If you get results you like from it let us know.
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Zoysia, another option. med - high shade tolerance.
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Originally Posted by Think Done Deals View Post
Zoysia, another option. med - high shade tolerance.
I have zenith zoysia here in coastal nc and it is pretty tough and spreads fast. wish st augustine thrived better here but the winters can set it back pretty good.
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The leaves may be affecting the soil pH....I know oak leaves are acidic and I have to lime more under them.
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Cut down the tree.
This guy is a problem solver
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There is a hybrid Zoysia (Emerald something) that I am told thrives better than St. Aug in shade.
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I gave up on trying to keep grass looking good at my last house

new house I hired company to keep it green, so when it looks like shit I blame them - 50 every month and a half well spent - my yard has never been greener --- St Augustine
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put in turf, I was at a party Saturday night and the guy had it. I am sold

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