STEADFAST: Ultra Shade - All Questions

Would this product be suitable for a back lawn that has shady areas and get very damp over the winter. I have re seeded with standard garden center purchased seed over the last 2 springs. The lawn comes on well through spring, summer and autumn but dies off in the most damp and shady areas.
Question by: Sam Davies on 13 Apr 2017, 11:29
This product has been designed to cope well in shaded areas and while it will tolerate being in damp soil we recommend you aerate the damp area and make sure it is not in standing water for long periods. Grass does not like standing water as it effectively drowns, as an extra point leaving a little more length in the grass will help.
Answer by: Chris McIlroy on 13 Apr 2017, 11:41
We have been trying to grow a lawn by the side of an oak tree. It gets some sun morning and late afternoon.we have turfed it once and seeded it twice .You may well be our last hope. Leaves from the oak is part of the problem, but we do try to pick them up quickly,but not always..Can you help.Rgds Ken
Question by: ken.Potter on 8 Mar 2019, 09:32
Hi Ken,
It sounds like our STEADFAST: Ultra Shade may be the mix for you. It contains Poa Supina which is an exceptionally shade tolerant grass seed and will grow well in little light. If it doesn't grow, then it sounds like your tree may be the issue if it is taking up vital nutrients where the grass is trying to grow. I would suggest you try our SUPER STEADFAST: Ultra Shade as your 'last hope' - but 'hopefully' not!
Answer by: Anna on 8 Mar 2019, 11:42
Why not sell the ultra shade grass in smaller sizes to make it more affordable for people who have small areas of deep shade. Say 500gm and 1kg.
Question by: Martin on 3 Oct 2020, 16:54
Hi Martin

Thank you for your enquiry. Unfortunately we do not offer such sizes and the minimum bag size available in our domestic grass seed is 2kg. The price of our STEADFAST: Ultra Shade is reflective of how highly specialised it is, Poa Supina is known for it's ability to establish in the most shadiest of areas. The seed is all fresh so will be good for about 12 months, likely 18 in reality but the less time that passes the better!
Keep it dry and away from pest and it will be fine.

Kind Regards
Answer by: Roisin McCann on 5 Oct 2020, 11:54
Hi there. It's me again. I pray all is well with you. Hopefully I payment will go through this time.
I wanted to ask. Do you sell top soil and netting
Many thanks
Question by: Rosemarie Weston on 29 Jan 2021, 14:36
Hi Rosemarie

I hope you are keeping well.

Thank you for your enquiry, unfortunately we do not supply top soil or netting.
I am sorry that I could not be more help on this occasion.

Answer by: Roisin McCann on 29 Jan 2021, 14:52
hi - can i mix this seed with ornamental seed types? (Perfrom etc.....) i have a lawn that thrives in summer and is damp and shaded by fences and buildings all winter.
Question by: mark on 7 Feb 2021, 12:25
Hi Mark

You can mix this mix with any of our mixes to achieve the ultimate lawn.
Answer by: Roisin McCann on 8 Feb 2021, 09:10
Hello. I have a shady back garden under pine trees in Aberdeenshire. Will Steadfast Ultrashade be OK?
Question by: David on 11 Mar 2021, 17:46
Hi David

Steadfast: Ultra Shade is perfect for areas that receive little to no light, often described as a blocked permanent shade. We would advise that these mixes are sown when the weather is warmer, late spring and summer. Due to the lack of sunlight they rely heavily on the warmer temperatures to assist germination.
Answer by: Roisin McCann on 12 Mar 2021, 08:24
Will this grass seed grow under a fir tree? From ground level to the underneath of the bottom fir tree branches is approx 2-3 feet.
Thank you.
Question by: William on 5 Apr 2021, 16:37
Hi William

This mix is designed for areas that suffer from a full blocked shade such as that caused by trees.
Answer by: Roisin McCann on 6 Apr 2021, 11:30
What is the best grass seed,to use for shady area.
Question by: George diffin on 5 May 2021, 18:49

Hi Gareth, for shaded areas, the best options are our Steadfast: Shade and Steadfast: Ultra Shade mixes. The former is perfect for areas which receive partial shade throughout the day whilst the Ultra Shade mix is for areas that receive little to no light, often described as a blocked permanent shade. Steadfast: Ultra Shade contains a super species called Poa Supina which is exceptionally shade tolerant.

We would advise that these mixes are sown when the weather is warmer, late spring and summer. Due to the lack of sunlight they rely heavily on the warmer temperatures to assist germination.
These will be slower to establish than some of our other mixes but once grown you won't have to worry about those dark spots anymore.
Answer by: Roisin McCann on 6 May 2021, 09:35
Which is the best fertiliser to go with the ultra shade grass?
Question by: Lucy on 30 Jun 2021, 15:41
Hi Lucy

Any of the fertilisers will work with the STEADFAST: Ultra Shade. If you are sowing a new lawn or over seeding an existing lawn then you might want to consider the QUICK RELEASE: Pre-Seed Fertiliser.
It provides the soil and seed with all the nutrients they need. It helps to create a great foundation for sowing new seed whilst strengthening existing grass. It will also help increase germination and establishing a strong root system. You should mow the lawn before applying it - the recommended spreading rate is 70g per m2. It is a granular fertiliser so will need to be watered in after it is applied. Once the granules are dissolved you are safe to seed.
Answer by: Roisin McCann on 30 Jun 2021, 15:49
How does this grass seed performs in heavy clay gardens? I have heavy clay soil in my garden and one side is shaded due to garage wall, will it work in this area under clay soil?
Question by: K S on 6 Jul 2021, 09:48
If your lawn suffers from heavy clay soils then you might be better with our IMPRESS: Clay Master Lawn Seed. It is a specially blended grass seed mixture designed for clay and heavy clay soil conditions.
The tall fescue component has a strong deep rooting system which not only allows it to penetrate your clay soils effectively but ensures a drought tolerant lawn, especially in soils that are prone to dryness. The perennial ryegrass in this mix makes way for a fast-growing and hard-wearing lawn to thrive.

It does have some shade tolerance due to the meadow grass in the mix, but if your lawn really suffers from shade you may wish to blend it with one of our specialised shade mixtures. You can blend the IMPRESS: Clay Master with a shaded mix for those areas that don't have limited access to sunlight.
Answer by: Roisin McCann on 6 Jul 2021, 09:56

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