It can be difficult to keep a shady lawn looking green and healthy, and often requires a little extra care and attention. Find out the best way to deal with a shady lawn with advice from Essex turf grower and supplier, Paynes Turf.
Mow the lawn
In shady areas the grass tends to grow at a much slower rate than in other areas of the garden. With this in mind, mow shady areas of the lawn less frequently than areas in the sun, and set the mower blades slightly higher than you normally would. Always use the grass box when mowing as the darker, damper conditions could encourage the onset of diseases, especially where there are clippings present.
Feed the lawn
Fertilisers that are rich in potassium (present in autumn lawn feed) are particularly good for giving shady areas a growth boost. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the pack for the best possible results.
Scarify the lawn
It’s worth scarifying the lawn during the spring and autumn months to remove the dead plant material that builds up. This is also true for shady areas of the garden – scarifying will encourage the grass blades to thicken up, especially when a top dressing is applied. Overseed where necessary. Find out how to scarify your lawn here.
Prune trees back
Prune trees and overhanging branches to allow as much light as possible to reach shady areas. Grass requires at least four hours of sunlight every day in order to grow strong and healthy and be resistant to disease, and so any extra light afforded by the pruning of trees will help enormously. Trees in particular take up huge quantities of water from the ground, competing with the plants and grass for water – the trees usually win this battle. To prevent this, avoid laying turf and planting shrubs in a one-metre zone around the base of trees.