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Shepherd88
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Landscape ideas for heavy shade area
Hey guys just looking for some ideas here. I have a side yard roughly 2-300 sq ft that’s in a heavily shaded area (mainly due to a giant tree on neighbors property). I have an otherwise pretty nice going Bermuda lawn but can’t get anything to grow or germinate in this area.

Any ideas of what to do with this in like the $500 range? I’m in N Miss btw.

This is mainly to just protect the foundation from erosion bc I’m getting a lot of neighbors runoff and the ground level is washing out. I’d even be open to dumping gravel over there, lol.


Geauxtiga
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re: Landscape ideas for heavy shade area
Can you post a picture for us to see, exactly?


Shepherd88
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re: Landscape ideas for heavy shade area
Trying to post a pic but I’ve been having a lot of trouble getting them to show from Imgur lately.
This post was edited on 3/4 at 2:27 pm


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BobABooey
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re: Landscape ideas for heavy shade area
Check with a local nursery and see if Mondo grass (aka Monkey grass) grows in your area. You want the regular variety, not the dwarf mondo grass. It will fill in over time. When the big tree drops its leaves in the Fall, you just use a blower to get the leaves out of the Monkey grass bed.

If that doesn’t work, your nursery should have some suggestions.


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Shepherd88
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Geauxtiga
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Dam, I'm not sure what to recommend. One thing that would really tempt me is cutting the branches that overhang my property. I assume we are looking either north or south in that pic because otherwise you would have enough sunlight, right?


Shepherd88
Member since Dec 2013
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re: Landscape ideas for heavy shade area
That pic is facing SW.

We had an estimate on getting the tree cut down bc the neighbor is open to it (although he ain’t willing to pay for it) and it’s gonna cost about $2k. They can’t get a truck back there bc he’s a hoarder and has hoarded shite all in his backyard, and for them to drive between my neighbor and i they’d crush the water line. So that’s left with them climbing the tree.

So just seeing what other options are out there to landscape around it haha


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2geaux
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re: Landscape ideas for heavy shade area
Zeon Zoysia. Will do great there!


magicman534
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re: Landscape ideas for heavy shade area
I’d fill it in with rocks and make a bad arse fire pit area. If you don’t have that already.


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MNCscripper
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re: Landscape ideas for heavy shade area
That brick flower bed boarder is legit


HoLeInOnEr05
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re: Landscape ideas for heavy shade area
OP, that looks to me like more of a drainage issue, than a shade issue.


I will draw you something up when I get to the office in the morning.
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tigeroarz1
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re: Landscape ideas for heavy shade area
Another poster mentioned larger mondo grass (monkey grass). They were on the right track but the correct species is Liriope and not mondo. I would plant this in mass at about 18" apart. It will do fine in shade and wet areas. I would research rain gardens and shade loving native plants on your state extension agency's website. This will help you select some larger shrub plant material for added interest. Adding a small dogwood or two would finish it off. I would use river rock rock in the swale and pine needles for mulch because wood mulch, especially pine bark, floats off in storms.
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Shepherd88
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re: Landscape ideas for heavy shade area
Thanks guys, I came to the right place!


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Shepherd88
Member since Dec 2013
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re: Landscape ideas for heavy shade area
Dude we def got a drainage issue but it’s also been monsoon up here these past couple weeks. I need to create a trench to let the water flow out the back but I just been putting it off.


Geauxtiga
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re: Landscape ideas for heavy shade area
quote:

Dude we def got a drainage issue but it’s also been monsoon up here these past couple weeks. I need to create a trench to let the water flow out the back but I just been putting it off.
I think he's saying with proper drainage you can grow grass with the amount of sun you are receiving.


Shepherd88
Member since Dec 2013
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re: Landscape ideas for heavy shade area
Yea, I get that but the issue is that tree sucks in a lot of water from that area. And during the summer we will likely have 20-30 days of very very little rain.


deeprig9
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re: Landscape ideas for heavy shade area
Will Zeon Zoysia really really do well there?



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HoLeInOnEr05
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re: Landscape ideas for heavy shade area
If enough water is a concern, then I wouldn’t plant any kind of plant material there. Like someone suggested... look at hardscaping the area... maybe a huge bed of river rock, with a couple of bigger boulders scattered around.


Shepherd88
Member since Dec 2013
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re: Landscape ideas for heavy shade area
That’s kinda what I’m leaning towards right now. I like the idea of building a big fire pit in a gravel area. My only concern is I don’t plan on being in this house another 5 years so I don’t want to sink a shite load of money into this.


magicman534
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re: Landscape ideas for heavy shade area
If you do it yourself you can probably rock that area and build a modest fire pit for less than a grand


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