Has your lawn become thin and patchy under the trees or beside the fence? As we enter spring after a harsh winter, in particular, we find these shaded lawn areas are damaged and will not recover during spring as the rest of the lawn will.
However, using the correct shade tolerant grass varieties in your seed mixture will combat this and ensure grass will continue to grow in shaded lawn areas of the garden. In cases were non-shade tolerant grass seed is used in areas of less sunlight, the seed may not germinate, or the grass will have a short lifespan as the conditions are not what it needs for healthy and continued growth.
Grass varieties which tolerate less light include fescues and hardwearing ryegrass. In particularly shaded areas a variety known as Poa Supina will work well in areas of deprived sunlight.
From our Shaded Range at The Grass People, STEADFAST: Shade is the perfect choice for partially shade damaged lawns, given its inclusion of Perennial Ryegrass, Strong Creeping Red Fescue, Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass, Chewing Fescue and Sheep Fescue. We recommended STEADFAST: Shade particularly for those gardens with dappled sun caused by overhanging trees and similar obstacles. This shade specialised mixture is also very tolerant to wear such as traffic from kids playing or pets exercising. In appearance, the seed mixture brings a luxurious and luscious green sward.
SUPER STEADFAST: Ultra Shade is a specialist blend of high-quality grass varieties designed for use in very shaded areas where the sun is blocked walls, fences or where light levels are particularly low. This mixture contains the exceptionally shade-tolerant grass species Poa Supina which will germinate and grow well in little light.
How to Sow Shaded Grass Seed:
Firstly prepare the ground by removing any dead grass, weeds or stones from the area. It is then advisable to rest the soil for 2 - 3 weeks and dig out any weeds which return during that period. After rest it is recommended to fertiliser the soil in shade with QUICK RELEASE: Pre – Seed fertiliser which will boost growing conditions and get the seed off to a good start.
Now it’s time to start sowing the grass seed which can be done by a spreader or by hand. Shaded grass seed mixtures are sowed at a rate of 50g per metre squared when reseeding or 35g per metre squared when overseeding. If mixing a shaded seed with a general purpose seed, we recommend sowing at a 50/50 ratio and increasing concentration rate of shaded seed in darker areas of the lawn when required. After sowing rake the soil lightly over the seed to achieve seed-to-soil contact. Then tread lightly to firm the seed into the soil. You should expect to see a green haze of shoots through your lawn within 5-10 days, given that growing conditions are correct. Following that you should aim for your first cut after 4-6 weeks.