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Cultural factors can also increase the
health and thus survivability of grasses grown in shade.
Practicing the following guidelines results in an improved turf in
Remember grasses in your "mini
forest" shade areas are a man-made thing. In general you
never find the "lawn type" grasses growing within a natural forest
EXCEPT in open clearing areas.
Mow your grass at higher
heights than in sunlight areas. Generally mowing
1/3 higher than normal height is the recommended practice for
Avoid high nitrogen
applications in shade areas. Fertilize trees with deep
root feedings underground and NOT applied on the turf.
Use fungicides when disease
Keep traffic to a minimum on
shady areas. Traffic (humans and dogs) is more stressful
to grasses in shaded areas.
Minimize your applications of
water so as to limit the time water remains on leaf
surfaces. If possible water during period when the grass
will dry the fastest so as to reduce disease problems.
Do not water at higher rates than the ground can absorb
conditions in your shade areas can result in a healthier
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