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The best grass seeds for growing in the shade

Updated November 21, 2016

Finding the right type of grass seed for a shady area can be complicated. There are many types of grass to choose from, all of which can withstand different climates and areas. When choosing a grass for a shady area, make sure to do research on different types of grasses to be sure you are choosing the right one for you. Some grasses require a lot of maintenance, so make sure you pick a grass for which you have the time and patience.

Rough stalk bluegrass

Rough stalk bluegrass thrives in areas that are shady, and have a cool and wet environment. This grass does very well in spring and autumn, but not in the summer, when the soil gets dry. It is a great grass to choose if you have tried planting other grasses and they didn't do well, or if there are several trees. With this type of grass, make sure to keep it from taking over your garden and plants.

Poa supina shade grass blend

Poa supina shade grass blend responds to cool season areas and also grows in moderately hot temperatures. This grass does well in shady areas, as well as sunny areas where there is water. Poa supina shade grass recovers well.

Centipede grass

Centipede grass requires little maintenance. This grass does best in warm, humid climates where it rains at least 100 cm (40 inches) per year. Centipede grass does not do well in places where the temperature is often below 0 degrees C (32 degrees F).

Bahia grass

Bahia grass thrives in tropical and subtropical climates. This grass does well in salty soils and easily adapts to damp, shady areas. This grass can withhold up to 6 days of rain at a time and can also survive in occasional times of drought. Bahia grass requires quite a bit of maintenance to avoid it spreading where you do not want it.

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A professional writer since 2007, Richard Sandusky specializes in nonfiction work for both print and online media. His work has appeared in several large publications including the "Tennessean." Sandusky earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Phoenix in 2006.