Yes, you can PLANT....but getting the grass to THRIVE is another matter.
You probably use bluegrass, ryegrass or fescue. All will tolerate some amount of shade. But down here in GA, we say that anything less than 6 hours of direct sun leads to thin grass, weeds and bare spots.
Many times, it's better to select plants that grow in shade rather than beating your head against a wall trying to get grass to grow.
The bare spots are on my lawn. Difficult to plant something where it's supposed to lawn.
You may need to rethink where there is supposed to be lawn, Carol. I've tried many of the shade-tolerant mixes and the result is always the same: thin, sparse grass. You can improve your chances by mowing the grass at the highest height recommended, fertilizing less frequently and making sure the fertilizer is not too high in nitrogen, making sure you don't overwater and reducing foot traffic.
Have you tried this new stuff called EZ Grow, I think, by Scotts, GUARANTEED to grow in shade?
I'm seriously considering expanding the island I have had for many years to include the bare lawn spots and just having a giant island. I think it would look better than dirt. Very frustrated at this point after spending many hours and much money on this problem. Thank you Doug and Walter for responding.
Expand the island, Carol, that is definitely the way to go.
I just saw grass seed from Scotts, I believe it was EZSeed or something like that that "guarantees" to grow grass in dense shade. Any comment Douglas?
Carol: I just looked at the Scotts web site. They say EZ Seed works in "dry, sunny areas, dense shade areas, poor soil areas." Does that sound like a believable claim to you? It doesn't to me.
No it doesn't sound believable to me, however, seems like you could get a lot of free seed trying. I would try it just to prove them wrong and make them give me more seed FREE. I do have other areas that need attention, as well, so I just might give it a try, test it, and hassle the manufacturer for making false claims.
On another note, did you ever hear of freezing your grass seed in order to mimic dormancy and then plant as usual for a true seed experience? A friend of mine just told me this.
I've heard that recommended for some types of flower seeds, never grass.