Even the most shade-tolerant grass needs at least six hours of direct sun a day, Ann. If you can't provide that, you will do far better with a shade-tolerant ground cover.
Any suggestions on ground cover, I have the same issues. Is there a ground cover you can still walk on?
I have used a dwarf mondo grass in my shady areas, and it seems to love those conditions.
I planted dwarf mondo Wed to get it started in a shady lawn spot.
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