Keeping your lawn lusciously full and even throughout your garden can sometimes be challenging, particularly when there are areas of shade causing your lawn to become uneven and patchy. If you think that you have tried everything to keep your grass alive in shaded areas, we have the solution!
The key is to look at your lawn differently, it could simply be that the variety of grass that you have in your garden cannot grow in the shade.
Step one: Understanding your garden shade patterns
- Take note of how much sunlight is available in the garden – where are the areas of dappled shade, full shade and morning and afternoon shade?
- Keep in mind seasonal changes – the shade changes throughout the seasons depending on what time the sun rises and sets. Make sure that you are aware of these factors.
- Now that you have a “lawn map”, it’s time to investigate what you can do to solve the problem.
Step two: Identifying solutions
- Look at the objects creating shade in these areas and decide whether you can modify them to minimise the shade.
- If the shade isn’t from a building or solid structure, you may want to consider pruning some foliage or even removing the tree creating the shade.
- As trees can often have sentimental value for the family, it is best to treat them as you would as if they were a building ~ not movable! In this case we suggest rather finding the appropriate variety of grass to cater to these shady conditions.
- Kearsney grass is the ultimate solution to densely shaded areas and doesn’t grow long due to its broad flat leaf. Therefore; it is easy to maintain.
- For deep the medium shade, plant Berea This variety is incredibly versatile, tolerating full sun areas as well, but prefers coastal regions where there is little frost.
- For lightly to mottled shade areas, we recommend the indigenous Buffalo The added bonus it that it is extremely hardy to a wide variety of soils so good for most gardens.
There’s an ideal grass type for every soil type and condition; speak to us for great advice and practical solutions to your lawn!