Choosing the best seed for a shaded lawn

Choosing the best seed for a shaded lawn
Choosing the best seed for a shaded lawn
The fact is most gardens suffer from a little bit of shade,  but the truth is any shaded garden can be a good one. That’s what we believe here at The Grass People - if you use the right seed.

There are good lawns, bad lawns, and then there are shaded lawns – which are the awkward in-betweener. They have the potential to be great but are unfortunately plighted by shaded spots that kill off grass and leave your lawn in a bit of a patchy pickle.

There are different types of shaded gardens. Some gardens have light shade i.e. dappled shade caused by trees, shrubs or fences. Then there are gardens that are in total shade – caused by gable walls or high-rise buildings. We salute you, total shade garden owners, for attempting to have a non-patchy lawn when others wouldn’t - but it can be done!

Selecting a mix that will work wonders on the type of shaded garden you have is all about the grass seed species that is in the mix. Believe it or not, but certain grass seed species are more shade tolerant than others, and that’s how we were able to specifically select and create our mixes for different levels of shade.

Grass seed for partial / dappled shade

In a world where the south-facing garden is King, all other gardens seem subordinate. However, a garden with trees, shrubbery, plants and fences can be just as pleasing. Trees and fences are the most common kind of sun blocker in your garden. While their sun blocking isn’t permanent, they can cause dappled shade which may leave you with yellowing grass, or grass that doesn’t seem to grow quite as well as the rest. We like to think of dappled shade like when you’re on holiday and you get tan lines. Well, dappled shade is the white spots. Moving swiftly on from that analogy, here’s what you get in our STEADFAST: Shade mix, which makes it the perfect seed for a slightly shady lawn:

  • Perennial Ryegrass(15%): This grass seed species offers excellent lawn shade tolerance. It has a dark, rich green colour, and is particularly well known as a companion grass which mixes well with many other grass types.
  • Strong Creeping Fescue(35%): Has a high shoot density, relatively slow growth and has very fine needle like leaves. It thrives under a wide range of conditions in particular light restricted soils such as shaded lawns.
  • Smooth Stalked Meadow grass(10%): Known in America as Kentucky Bluegrass. This species is an extremely hardwearing with excellent repair capabilities to bring your shade damage lawn back to life. It also makes a denser turf than fescue so it is a useful addition to shade mixtures.
  • Hard Fescue(40%): Noted for being particularly low maintenance and offers a particularly upright growth habit. It is also grows in poor soil conditions along with areas of low shade.

Grass seed for extreme shaded areas

STEADFAST: Ultra Shade

We’re not exaggerating when we say they that our STEADFAST: Ultra Shade mix is a lifeline for a garden that’s unfortunately went to the dark side. This specialised mix can bring your shaded garden back from the brink. It is the hero you deserve, and definitely the one you need right now! If a dappled shade garden is like bikini tan lines, then an extreme shade garden is like when you wear factor 50 on a sunny day and you’re left completely pasty! An extreme shade garden can become the same pale way if it is left without the sunlight it needs.

With super special Poa Supina thrown into our STEADFAST: Ultra Shade mix with our two other shade tolerant species – Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass and Hard Fescue, this mix is hard to beat. A very wise ancient proverb (unknown) once said about Poa Supina: ‘it grows where no grass has grown before". Its resistance to soil disease and aggressive growth make it ideal for heavily shaded or damaged areas of your lawn. That’s why we pop it in the bag – because we want you to have the best shaded lawn that has ever been!

If you think your garden is a little shady, but you’re still not quite sure what mix you’ll need – contact us and we will answer any of your lawn questions!