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CHANGING THE GROWING ENVIRONMENT
IN SHADY AREAS
Changing the environment of your shaded
area can often lead to a healthier grass turf. A few of the
things you can do to help make your shade area more likely to grow
grasses are listed below.
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.
- Removing limbs by pruning in the crown
(center) of the tree and result in increased light intensity
reaching the ground area.
- Trimming tree limbs that are lower than 10
feet also increases dramatically the light that can reach a
- Keep leaves, excess clippings removed from
the grass to allow the leaves to receive and utilize available
light. --- Leaves themselves can shade.
- Allow for proper wind movement across your
grass. Removing or trimming shrubs, underbrush and man
made objects so that the wind can move across your shaded
lawn, results in a change in the humidity of the shaded area
and thus less problems with diseases.
- Remove shallow tree roots so that there is
adequate soil for your grass to grow in... and an additional
benefit is that competition for nutrients and soil moisture is
reduced. A shortage of adequate water in shaded areas is
often a critical factor in hotter, dryer climates.
- Practice good cultural
practices on your shady lawn areas. Read more on
these aspects needed to allow a grass a chance to grow.
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