While some lawn varieties handle shade better than others, none of them particularly like a lot of shade, needing the sun to thrive. So what can you do if your property suffers from a large amount of shade or even just areas that rarely see the sun?
Consider the function and design
If you have a fully shaded section down beside the house that is used only for getting the wheelie bins in and out once a week it might be best that you consider an option that relies less on sunlight – hardscape materials such as concrete, pavers or pebbles – just don’t forget to consider drainage when installing these types of materials.
Consider the variety
As we said, some lawn varieties are better than others at handling shade and the best one in particular is Sir Walter Buffalo turf. Sir Walter has been created to be shade tolerant as well as pest resistant and self-repairing so it’s a great choice all round.
Consider a trim
Ensuring more sunlight reaches your lawn may be as simple as a trim. Cut back any overhanging branches and shrubs that impede the amount of daily sun your lawn receives. Think about the shape, size and shade potential of any trees and plants you plant in and around your lawn.
What else you can do
If the lawn is already established (or you are renting the property) and a new shade tolerant turf is not an option, and/or the shade comes from neighbouring properties or trees that cannot be trimmed, you can assist the shaded lawn by keeping an eye out for any pests such as moss that likes to take advantage of shaded turf. Make sure the shaded lawn isn’t over-watered but is also well-fed and fertilised as needed and in order to become, and remain strong.
If you’re looking to install a shade tolerant lawn contact the team at Harden Park Lawns to discuss your options.