Before talking about growing shady trees in lawn you need to first evaluate the location and soil. Shady lawns also require at least 4 hours of sunlight. If possible you can consult with an arborist and you might need to remove the selected branches so that there is enough light. For soil you need to find out the nature of the soil. You can improve its condition by aeration or blending it with compost. But the blending should be only with one inch of soil. If you are applying lime do it only after testing it minutely.
Shady lawn Seeding
Lawns flourish specially from mid August to mid September. Quite obviously you need to choose shade-friendly grasses like Red fescue or other fine fescues. It is most preferred to sow seed rather than sod. Sod can be planted for shade.
Preparation of soil
While seeding see to it that the soil is of good quality. You should water them frequently until the seedling comes out of it. Once it comes out water it thoroughly but not often.
Lawns in shade should be mowed deeply nearly about 3 inches deep.
General tips for lawns in shade
- Shady lawns require less fertilizer compared to lawns exposed to the sunlight. 1 to 2 pounds of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet per growing season at two intervals. The ideal time for fertilization is the first week of September.
- Shady lawns don't require ample watering but when watered do it thoroughly.
- Lawns in shade are not meant for rough use. As they are quite weak compared to sunny lawns so it is better not to walk or let the children play on it.
- Though moss and creepers like ivy grow largely on the shady lawns but it is not harmful. It only grows on the empty soil because the grass grows slowly.