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Bryant91092
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Shade Tolerant Southern Grasses
I’ve got a few areas in my backyard that are extremely thin due to shade. I plan on cutting back the limbs I can to hopefully allow more sun, but a couple spots are near the house where I can’t do anything about that. What grass plug would be the best to give me a fighting chance of thickening up these portions of the lawn? I currently have mainly Bermuda in the backyard with a little centipede mixed in but I don’t really care about having mixed match grasses in the backyard.


BRich
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re: Shade Tolerant Southern Grasses
St. Augustine and Palisades Zoysia are the highest rated for shade. I have the same issue with most of my back yard being under a HUGE old live oak.

Woerner Landscape has both; their "Classic" St. Augustine is highest rated for shade


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ronk
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re: Shade Tolerant Southern Grasses
St aug and zoysia. Geo zoysia is the most shade tolerant warm season grass you can buy. 2-4 hours of sun a day.


ChEgrad
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re: Shade Tolerant Southern Grasses
I have some sizable patches of monkey grass under my live oaks that I mow they are my best grass under those trees. Looks good too. However they spread slowly. Would be costly to try to fill it all in with monkey grass.


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Bryant91092
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re: Shade Tolerant Southern Grasses
Thanks for the help. I guess I need to locate someone that carries zoysia plugs in central Alabama.


BobABooey
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re: Shade Tolerant Southern Grasses
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monkey grass

Even after cutting the limbs back, you are likely just delaying the inevitable by going with grass. Monkey grass is a great suggestion, just make sure you don’t get the dwarf variety. It will spread over time on its own and you can speed that up by cutting/replanting the bigger plants.


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BoogaBear
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re: Shade Tolerant Southern Grasses
Where in central AL?

I got 9 pallets of palisades zoysia from woerner. Shelby sod is cheaper at 195 a pallet but they wouldn't deliver less than 6 pallets, I got mine in 2 deliveries, 5 and 4.


Bryant91092
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re: Shade Tolerant Southern Grasses
I’m in the Montgomery area


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