If your garden is full of trees and shrubs, then it's highly likely that your lawn is fully or at least partially in the shade. Like all plants, your lawn needs sunlight for it to thrive, so shade can pose a real problem. Shaded grass can quickly weaken and struggle to survive, it may even die back completely. That's why it's important that you follow these steps to help your shaded lawn thrive.
Make the area less shaded
One quick and highly effective way to deal with a shaded lawn is to remove the features that are creating the shade. Of course, if your lawn is shaded by your house or your garage, this isn't a practical idea. However, if your lawn is shaded by trees or shrubs, it might be worth seriously cutting them back or relocating them all together.
Of course, before you go felling all the trees in your garden, we'd highly recommend that you check for birds and other wildlife living in them. You don't want to destroy the habitats of your garden visitors when there are other ways to deal with your shaded lawn.
Mow little and often
Some gardeners leave their lawn to grow to an unruly level before severely cutting it back. This dramatic change in length can be a lot for your lawn to cope with, especially if it's in the shade. Lawns that have access to lots of sunlight can bounce back from a drastic cut quite quickly, shaded lawns take much longer to recover.
With that in mind, we'd recommend giving your shaded lawn a quick trim every few weeks to maintain a suitable length. If you can't commit to a consistent routine, why not consider investing in a revolutionary robot lawn mower to cut the grass for you?
As well as sunlight, grass needs nutrients if it stands any chance of thriving. Shaded lawns are often in competition for nutrients in the soil with the taller trees and shrubs surrounding them (as if it needed any more reasons to struggle!)
To counteract this decline in readily available nutrients, we recommend that you fertilise your lawn frequently. If you're unsure which kinds of fertilisers you should use, especially at different times of the year, then you should contact us about our professional lawn fertiliser services.
We use professional fertilisers that are not readily available to the general public, plus we have the years of know-how to tailor each fertiliser treatment to your lawns exact needs.
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If you've tried everything and nothing seems to be helping your shaded lawn, then it might be time to consider starting again.
One option you have for this is laying new turf (something we've been doing here at Lawn and Weed Expert for years). You might decide to lay your new lawn in a different area of the garden where it's less shaded. Your grass and your family will no doubt thank you for laying your new turf in a sunnier spot.
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Alternatively, if relocating the lawn is not an option, you could re-seed your lawn with more resilient grass varieties that are better adapted to surviving in the shade. Just remember - all varieties of grass need some light, so don't presume that this is a fool-proof method for recovery.
If you're looking for lawn care services that will help you keep your shaded lawn looking its best, don't hesitate to get in touch with our team. We're happy to do a survey of your lawn free of charge to determine the best course of action for you.