Evaluate the Amount of Sunlight
Find a Grass Seed That Works Well in Shade
Plant the Grass Seed
You've tried everything, but that stubborn shady spots in the corner or by the tree still won't grow grass. It's a common problem. Even the best lawns can have shady spots that are thin or bare. The good news is that there are a few simple steps you can take to turn these shady spots into grass-friendly havens of thick turf.
The rule of thumb for even shade-tolerant grasses is that they need at least four hours of sun per day. If your shady spot gets less than that, you may need to prune back some of the nearby trees.
Depending on where you live, there are seed mixes that are designed to thrive in shade. If you live north, try a fescue blend. If you live south, a St. Augustine seed should do just fine. Many seed varieties, such as Scotts® Turf Builder® Dense Shade Mix, will tell you whether they work in your area.
Planting grass seed is simple procedure. Rake the ground, spread your grass seed, and lightly cover it with a quality soil, such as Scotts® Turf Builder® Seeding Soil. Check out your product bag for specific instructions for your seed type. When you plant seed around trees, remember that they are hungry and thirsty, and will compete with grass for water and nutrients. Be sure to feed your grass around trees, and be a bit more generous with your water.
As you would with any grass-seeding project, keep your new grass moist by watering daily until you see it grow tall enough to mow. Then you can cut back to a normal watering schedule.