How to Install Sod Shawn

Tips for Growing Grass in Shady Areas

Growing grass in shady areas can be challenging, as most grasses require full sun to thrive. However, there are a few tips for growing grass in shady areas that can help:

Choose Shade-Tolerant Grass Seed

Look for grass seed blends that are specifically formulated for shady areas. These may include varieties like creeping red fescue, Chewings fescue, and sheep fescue.

Improve Soil Quality

Grass struggles to grow in poor soil, so make sure to amend the soil with organic matter before planting. Compost, peat moss, and aged manure can all be worked into the soil to improve both structure and fertility.

Use the High Setting When You Mow

Mowing your lawn at a higher setting can help shade-tolerant grasses establish deeper roots, which will make them more resilient to shade.

Water and Fertilize Appropriately

Be sure to water and fertilize your lawn regularly, as this will help your grass grow stronger and more resilient to shade. Watering weekly rather than daily encourages deep-root growth.

Reduce Competition

Remove or trim any tree or shrubbery that is blocking sunlight in the area; this will give more light to the lawn.


Aerating your lawn once or twice a year will help to improve the soil structure and allow water and nutrients to penetrate deeper into the root zone.

Avoid Overseeding

An excess of seed can cause competition for resources, and the seedlings may not thrive.

Practice Patience

Shade-tolerant grasses typically grow more slowly than those that prefer full sun, so be patient and don’t expect instant results.

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Call us today, and we’ll do the heavy lifting of delivering and installing the sod at the location of your choice to get your lawn off to a great start.


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