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Lawn in the shade

Lawn in the shade

Lawn in the shade: advice on the seed mixture to use for growing lawn in a shady area. Walkable lawn or flowery lawn to be sown in shady areas.

On this page we will tell you how to make alawn in the shade sowing the right seed mix. Let's start with the speciesDichondra repensthen move on to seeds for flowering lawns suitable for shady areas.

Dichondra repens

It is a perennial grass with a low and creeping habit. It is extremely resistant and spreads very easily so that it is sometimes treated as a weed.

There dichondra repens is perfect for cultivating alawn in the shade: it is very decorative, with small fleshy, rounded and intense green leaves. It is a ground cover grass and its height does not exceed 3 cm. During the flowering period it produces small white / yellow axillary flowers.

It cannot be cultivated likewalkable lawnbecause the fleshy leaves break easily. It can be used to circumscribe the pond area or in certain shaded areas of the garden. It has obvious advantages: unlike the classic lawn, it does not require mowing operations. It should not be watered daily even in summer and can completely cover the ground.

For sowing, 500 grams of seed are needed for every 100 square meters of land to be cultivated. The seeds should be buried only 3 - 4 mm deep by performing a light raking. Where to buy the seeds? Here is a useful link: Dichondra repens, prices and proposals on Amazon.

Flowery meadow

If you intend to grow a flower meadow in a shady area of ​​the garden, you have a lot of choice. Almost all the species that give rise to a low flowery meadow (of about 30 - 40 cm), can resist little sunny or shady areas. For more information, please refer to the page dedicated to flowery meadow. In many circumstances, the flowery meadow has the advantage of being walkable.

Common lawn

The most rustic varieties of lawn can resist even in conditions of poor sun exposure. In these circumstances it will be necessary to compensate with more careful irrigation, ad hoc fertilization and a more adequate use of the lawnmower. If you wantcultivate a lawn in the shadekeeping it healthy (without moss or mold) follow these tips:

  • Irrigate shaded areas less frequently.
  • Irrigate only in the morning so as to favor the rapid drying of the grass.
  • Maintain a cutting height between one centimeter and 1.5 centimeters so as to make the grass more resistant to trampling.
  • Try to minimize trampling, especially in the evening or when the grass is wet or damp.
  • Fertilize with dosages lower than those indicated on the label, ameadowplaced in the shade, it has reduced nutritional requirements compared to a lawn in full sun (and therefore in full vegetative rhythm). Paradoxically, copious fertilizations can damage and yield alawn in the shademore fragile.
  • Eliminate any fallen leaves from neighboring trees or blown by the wind (thus preventing the onset of moss and mold).
  • Always eliminate clippings, yourslawn in the shadeit will have to receive as much light and air as possible.
  • Prefer potassium-rich fertilizers because this element reduces the wateriness of green tissues making the lawn less exposed to fungi and other parasites. A good fertilizer can have titers such as 14-5-16, 15-5-15 or potassium nitrate.
  • If possible, avoid administering herbicides which, in case oflawn in the shadecan further slow down the development of your turf.

Among the seeds to be cultivated as a lawn in the shaded areas we point out valid alternatives (also flowering and bushy) to the classicherb:

  • Periwinkle
  • Pachisandra
  • Evonimus fortunei
  • Aquilegia
  • Hoste
  • Dicentra spectabilis


Video: How to Grow Grass in the Shade (September 2021).