The best shade mix for lawns

The best shade mix for lawns
The best shade mix for lawns
Most lawns will experience shade at various times throughout the day, but if this is a consistent issue you may find that your grass struggles to grow in these spots and it will ruin the look of your otherwise pristine lawn.

But fear not, lots of UK homeowners are no stranger to shade in their lawns caused by trees, shrubs, fences and buildings. So how do you solve this common issue? Well, all you need is the right seed!

The science of our shade mixes

A question we often get asked about our shade mixes is ‘Does it grow in the sun too?’ and the answer is simply yes, it does! The species within our mixes are not solely for growing in the shade, but they are tolerant of different levels of shade. This means they can also grow in the sun. All grass species have different traits, so we put the ones that are biologically best at growing in the shade, in our shade mixes! It’s really that simple.

What’s in the mix?

We have two mixes for shade. STEADFAST: Shade is for dappled non-permanent shade that moves across the lawn during the day. This type of shade usually causes patchiness and if it receives any wear and tear it can make it difficult for grass to grow back. Our STEADFAST: Shade contains 20% perennial ryegrass to make your lawn hardwearing, whilst a blend of 70% fescues (Strong Creeping Red Fescue, Chewings Fescue, Hard Fescue) provide lushness. Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass makes up 10% of the mix, providing the shade tolerance your lawn needs.

STEADFAST: Ultra Shade is the ideal solution for the areas in your lawn that just don’t seem to grow and are in shade for most of the day or all day. Lush Chewings Fescue makes up 50% of the mix, followed by 40% of shade tolerant Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass. The special ingredient however, is the 10% of Poa Supina – a truly revolutionary grass that can grow in little to no light.  

What one should I go for?

Most lawns suffer from some shade, so you may be wondering if you really need to try one of our shade mixes. The answer is easy - if you have spots in your lawn that no matter what grass seed you try they just don't seem to grow - then you need to try our seed! All of our grass seed mixes come with a Grass Seed Growth Guarantee and can also be blended together for your ultimate lawn. For example, if you have clay soils but also get a lot of shade - our IMPRESS: Clay Master and STEADFAST: Ultra Shade will make the perfect combo. Not quite sure how much you need? Use our Grass Seed Calculator.

Of course if you're not sure what shade mix you need, you can always send us a few photos of your lawn to [email protected] for us to help advise you on what one to go for!