Patricia S
Patricia S
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Asked on Sep 23, 2012

Need ideas for groundcover or grass for dense shade

360 Sod (Donna Dixson)Douglas HuntGail Salminen
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I have several sections of property that are in dense shade..having no success with anything growing..I need to be able to walk on it..take a mower and wheelbarrow over it..and because of the location, mulching it won't look right...ideas?
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  • Dee W
    on Sep 23, 2012

    I have alot of shade in my yard also and have found that thyme is dense and good for walking on, blue star creeper and creeping jenny also meet my needs. Here is a website with more info so you can find something just right for your zone. Hope this helps. www.stepables.com

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Sep 23, 2012

    How big is the area and can you get water to it in order to help some roots establishment?

  • Patricia S
    on Sep 23, 2012

    Tried responding..so you may have two..area 400' length..4' to 8' width..trying for a "greenway" between my fence & the beds along my property line with huge pine trees..under trees, I have dogwoods, azaleas, quince, and Liropetalum (?)..mulched w/pinestraw...Also have huge pines in yard inside fence..and cedars.. Yes, I can easily water.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Sep 24, 2012

    When you say you haven't had any luck with anything growing, what have you tried so far? (Don't want to suggest stuff you have already tried:). That is a lot of territory to cover!

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Sep 24, 2012

    Finding a ground cover for shade that will take that amount of traffic is a challenge, Patricia. You might want to take a look at Leptinella squalida, or "Brass buttons."

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Sep 24, 2012

    I like Leptinella as well. It would be expensive to cover that much space I think. I retail it for $3.00 for a 4" pot. You may able to find someone to give you a volume discount on it. What about using a turf type grass? That might be less expensive. As long as you can get water to it you could get it to grow. The new Tift Grand Bermuda is supposed to take 4 hours sun, will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $300 per pallet of 450 sq ft. It is supposed to take some pretty heavy traffic as well.

  • Patricia S
    on Sep 24, 2012

    I've tried an inexpensive "shade grass mixture" , St. Augustine, tried a burmuda sod - not sure what kind of burmuda and mondo grass. I thought I might try some kind of moss... I'll check out the Leptinella (ouch!)..

  • Dee W
    on Sep 24, 2012

    I just looked that up-very pretty as well as hardy. I may need to find some, too!

  • Gail Salminen
    on Sep 24, 2012

    Patricia, because they are under pine trees, the soil will be more acidic, so you may want something that likes that type of environment. Here periwinkle does well everywhere. I did find this post - hope it helps http://www.phancypages.com/newsletter/ZNewsletter4816.htm

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Sep 25, 2012

    If the Tift Grand really gets by on four hours of sun, they will sell a lot of it!

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Sep 25, 2012

    Brand new on the market with only a few farms growing it Douglas so it is still pretty expensive to purchase. I suspect IF it is really all that AND more farms grow it the price will drop in about 3 years. Currently the patent on it has some pretty stringent grower guide lines, so it will be interesting to see how it all comes out. The new Zeon Zoysia is also supposed to take a good amount of shade and I think it is around the same pricing. Regular Bermuda and or Centipede will not take that much shade.

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