by April Reinhardt
(last updated January 9, 2019)
A shady yard on a hot summer day is a welcome respite from the blazing sun. Yet shady yards also inhibit the growth of thick turf, presenting a dilemma for home owners who want beautiful grass. While growing grass in the shade can prove challenging, it can be done. There aren't many solutions to the problem of growing grass in shade, but these guidelines can be helpful if you've a yard full of shade, and spotty turf:
If you still have spotty turf after painstaking efforts to grow grass in the shade of your yard, consider grass alternatives such as natural and ornamental grasses, perennial ground covers such as English ivy, foxglove, or creeping phlox. Periwinkle, hosta, and caladium are great alternatives to grass and grow very well in shade, increasing in size year after year. As a last resort, think about planting a large, long hedge such as hydrangea. Hydrangea are particularly hardy plants and thrive in shade as well as sun, so the canopy of the plant receives the sun, yet the underside grows just as well in the shade. A bonus to planting shade-loving plants is that they produce large, succulent blooms year after year, lending a dramatic flair to your landscape.
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