The Best Grass Seed for Shaded Areas

Updated February 21, 2017

Big trees are beautiful in your yard, and can also provide a lot of shade, making your home cooler in the summer months. However, while shade might help your electricity bill, your grass could be suffering. Ensure that your grass can handle a lot of shade so that your lawn will look its best year-round.

Creeping Red Fescue

Creeping Red Fescue is a dark green grass with thin blades that is widely seen in northern cool climate areas. Though it does do better in cooler climates and full shade, it can also thrive in full sunlight with extra watering. Usually, though, the grass doesn't need much water, which means it's better for the environment and your wallet.

St. Augustine

St. Augustine is the southern region's Creeping Red Fescue, as this is a grass used to tropical, humid and hot climates. The grass doesn't tolerate cold temperatures, but flourishes in high temperatures, making it perfect for those hot and humid summers. If your shade keeps you cool during those months, don't worry; St. Augustine can handle moderate amounts of shade well.

Centipede Grass

Centipede grass is primarily used in the southeast, as it does best in warm climates. Because of its short blades, centipede grass doesn't require as much water or mowing, making it the easiest grass to maintain. Not only that, this grass is shade tolerant. Centipede grass also tolerates low temperatures, as long as there are no freezes. It will turn brown and turn green again once temperatures rise.

Poa Supina

Poa Supina grass (supina bluegrass) is designed to keep green in cool, shady areas better than most other grasses. Usually, the grass is grown mixed with other grass seeds of more durable grasses, especially for sporting event fields that are walked on constantly. Many companies sell pre-mixed pao supina grass seeds, which are more expensive than the seeds you'll find at your local home improvement store.

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Laila Alvarez has been writing professionally since 2002. She has written for Houston Community Newspapers and "L.A. Zoo View," "North O.C. Magazine," "Perpetual Phlegm" and other magazines, newspapers and websites. Alvarez has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from California State University-Fullerton.