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Backyard Grass Help?

Discussion in 'Farming and Gardening Forum' started by ReggieT, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. ReggieT

    ReggieT Addicted to ArboristSite

    Apr 15, 2012
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    North Alabama
    Hey guys,

    I live in Birmingham, AL and I have about 30% shade in my backyard.
    I have tried a number grasses including heat resistant fescue and grass designed for shady areas specifically.
    The results have all been the same, looks good, healthy, and green yet when the heat of late May and the summer months come in it withers up and dies!
    I'm not ready to invest in high dollar Zoysia or sodding bermuda just yet.
    I see this certain fescue looking grass thriving on the sides of our highways in extreme heat all summer long.
    I have considered double seeding bermuda or perhaps pasture fescue that farmers use for their cattle. Maybe even clover?
    Any thoughts or recommendations?

  2. JTM

    JTM ArboristSite Guru

    Dec 7, 2011
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    North Alabama
    Is the grass in the sun or shade? You know we had a bad drought two years ago so any grass around trees gets sucked dry. Compounding that, in my yard because nothing is flat around the area, is that the top soil is easily stripped of nutrients when there’s no sod to hold it in place during all the rain we’ve had this year. The only thing that seems to work because of the poor soil is sod. If you find a good fix then post it, I’m certainly interested too.

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