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BilbeauTBaggins
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probably stuck in traffic
Member since May 2021
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Need advice on growing in shade

Baton Rouge area

My backyard faces south with tree coverage that covers half my yard towards the house, while the other half is full sun towards the back fence line and has no issues growing grass.

Last resort: would I have to just go break the bank and buy a ton of sod?

Note: the trees we have produce a massive quantity of those sweet gum balls, so not sure how that would affect the soil.


metryboy
Member since Oct 2008
489 posts

I've been fighting this same thing. Had a ton of Zoysia installed (supposedly grows better in shade). Looked AMAZING first year. then slowly declined. This spring will be year 4 and it is almost all gone now. My buddy is in landscaping and he said either live with the expense of replacing it all every several years or bite the bullet and go artificial. FYI New Zoysia installed was $3500 artificial installed was $17.5K Option 3 is put a hardscape of some sort with maybe a fire pit or something as well.


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keakar
Member since Jan 2017
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Last resort: would I have to just go break the bank and buy a ton of sod?


waste of time, the sod will just die off any way

plant rye grass seed and call it a day. it grows in winter and will grow in shade and where there is sunlight it will die off


Zappas Stache
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A shade loving groundcover such as liriope.


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ronk
Member since Jan 2015
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The answer depends on what percentage of shade that part of the yard gets. If it gets 4-5 hours of sunlight you can absolutely grow grass. Less that 2 and there aren't any options for you.


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ChEgrad
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Member since Nov 2012
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I have monkey grass growing in patches in my yard and it is what does best in the shade. I just mow it and it looks pretty good in those patches. If I was energetic enough I would work to make it spread more.


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jmtigers
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1826.71 miles from USC
Member since Sep 2003
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Rye


This. Maybe it’s been the mild winter so far but I’ve decided for my back yard I’d rather have winter rye in my shade backyard and enjoy the cooler temps.


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armsdealer
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Member since Feb 2016
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We had a ground cover under our live oaks between our hose and the neighbors for years until they decided it needed to be cut every week. It just didn't hold up to weekly cutting... I use to trim it a couple times a season but since the neighbor decided to kill it it is just mud and leaves now...


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RedlandsTiger
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Greenwell Springs, LA
Member since Jan 2008
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quote:

A shade loving groundcover such as liriope.


True, or another ground cover that will grow in shade, monkey grass, Asian jasmine, periwinkle, etc.


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