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How Do I Grow Grass in Problem Area?

saylered added on February 26, 2011 | Answered

I have an area of about 40' x 60' that is shaded by a couple large maple trees. Also, most of this area is extremely wet in the spring time, or when we have a lot of rain through the summer. In fact, I often have standing water over much of the area.

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Heather
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Answered on February 27, 2011

It is likely that grass will not grow in those conditions. I would consider creating a rain garden to help drain off the standing water (https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/rain-garden-design.htm) and then once the area is drier, plant a shade tolerant grass (https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lgen/shade-tolerant-grass.htm)

These articles may also help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lgen/growing-grass-shade.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/tips-for-growing-grass-under-a-tree.htm

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agape
Answered on March 7, 2011

Tile area first to promote proper drainage, next make sure that your problem isn't from shallow root system from your trees depriving grass of vital nutrients.
If your trees are the problem than you probably will not be able to grow grass without removal or thinning of your trees to allow sunlight in.
If this is not an option have a soil test done to determine PH
Plant a shade tolerant grass

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