Grass & Grass Seed
How to Grow Grass in Shaded Areas
Learn how to choose, seed, and maintain grass in shady areas of your lawn.
Yes, you can grow thick turf even in the shade
Are you in the dark about growing grass in shady areas? You've tried everything, but that stubborn shady spot 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.
Evaluate the Amount of Sunlight
The rule of thumb for even shade-tolerant grasses is that they need at least three to four hours of direct sun, or four to six hours of dappled sunlight, per day. If your shady spot gets less than that, you will need to prune back some of the nearby trees to let in more light.
Find a Grass Seed That Works Well in Shade
Plant the Grass Seed
Planting grass seed is a simple procedure. Prep the area first by raking the soil to loosen it up, spread your grass seed at the proper rate, and then lightly cover it with a quality soil, such as Scotts® Turf Builder® LawnSoil™. Follow that up by feeding with Scotts® Turf Builder® Starter® Food for New Grass, to help get your new grass seedlings off to a great start.
Water Well, and Watch It Grow
As you would with any grass-seeding project, keep your new shaded grass moist by watering once or twice a day until you see it grow tall enough to mow. Then you can cut back to a normal watering schedule. Remember: when you plant grass seed around trees, the trees are hungry and thirsty, and will compete with grass for available water and nutrients. Be sure to regularly feed the grass around trees, and be a bit more generous when watering.