Adequate sunlight is required for the grass plants that make up your lawn to undergo photosynthesis.
Photosynthesis is the process that turns nutrients from the soil into the carbohydrates needed for the lawn to consume as food. And since lawn is unable to move to source better food and nutrients, it’s important you ensure that all areas of your lawn have enough sunlight.
Overall, if photosynthesis does not occur correctly your lawn will starve to death.
How much sun is enough for your lawn?
Turns out that it depends a lot on the variety of turf you have. Varieties of Couch and Queensland Blue require sunlight for most of the day and really don’t cope well with shade. So if this is the type of lawn you have it may be worthwhile to monitor your backyard over the course of the day and trim back any overhanging shrubs and branches that are stopping sun from reaching the lawn.
Varieties like Zoysia and Soft Leaf Buffalo, including Sir Walter DNA Certified turf, are quite happy with less sunlight throughout the day and tolerate shade pretty well.
Regardless of the variety of turf you have in your backyard, areas of shade often require some extra special care– if these areas appear to be struggling and trimming back the foliage isn’t possible, just keep an eye on it and fertilise if you feel the lawn in shade is lacking nutrients.
If you have further questions please contact the Harden Park Lawns.