Shady lawns often require a little extra care. Find out how to look after a shady lawn with shady lawn tips from Essex turf grower and supplier, Paynes Turf.

Shady lawn tips

Shady lawns can be a little more difficult to care for, however with the recent hot dry weather in mind, having a shady lawn could mean that it is still green and lush, unlike most other lawns which have been scorched by the sun.


In shady areas less light will reach the grass, resulting in much slower growing grass. To compensate for this mow the grass less frequently than for non-shady grass and keep the mower blades set slightly higher. Always attach the grass box to the mower when mowing in shady areas; leaving clippings on darker, damper grass could encourage the onset of some grass diseases.


Autumn lawn feeds are particularly good for shady lawns as they are rich in potassium. The application of a lawn feed will give shady lawns a real boost and encourage strong, green growth. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the pack for application methods and amounts.


Thatch can build up even in shady lawns, so it’s a good idea to remove the dead plant material twice a year during spring and autumn. Scarifying the lawn will encourage the growth of thicker grass blades and promote healthy growth.

After scarifying apply a top dressing for best results and overseed the lawn where necessary. Find out how to overseed your lawn here.


Overhanging branches from shrubs and trees could be causing unnecessary stress to your lawn so prune them back to allow light to reach these shady areas. In order to grow healthy, strong and be resistant to disease, grass requires at least four hours of sunlight every day, so pruning back branches can help enormously.

Tip: Trees have a tendency to suck up any available moisture from the ground starving all other plants, including grass plants, of water. To help prevent this when designing your garden avoid laying turf or planting shrubs and plants within a one metre zone around the base of trees.