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Offline mrclose

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Growing Grass In A Forest
« on: July 18, 2014, 05:46:56 PM »
I live in a forest type setting and have a lot of trees (tall oak) and with the trees .. I have lots of shade.

I have always had a difficult time in getting grass to grow because the trees suck up all of the water and shade out the grass.

I have tried every grass type known to man and 'even' when I get growth .. it (the grass) dies away pretty quickly.
(no water, lots of shade)

Here is where I need some help ..

My back yard, which has the majority of trees and shade has what looks like patches of grass .. grass that gets zero water (except rain) and almost zero shade!

The thing is, this grass grows very heartily without any help from me or without sun and shade!?

It looks like there may be two different types and I am posting pictures of both in the hope that someone can confirm that this is in fact grass and what type(s) they are?

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Re: Growing Grass In A Forest
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2014, 05:57:10 PM »
Looks like nut grass to me....a farmers nightmare.

Dig down 3 or 4 inches and scoop it out...shake the dirt off the roots and look for a "nut" on the roots. If you want to keep it, just stick it back in the ground. it'll continue to grow and eventual take your place.

The only way to kill it to dig it up and get all parts of it out of the field....but in your case it'll make grass suitable for a yard. You will need sharp blades on your mower to cut it but it looks OK for free yard grass.
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Re: Growing Grass In A Forest
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2014, 06:37:09 PM »
Thanks Reb but it looks like two different types of grass? :panic:
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Re: Growing Grass In A Forest
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2014, 02:07:39 PM »
Kentucky 31 fescue may or may not work in your situation, but it's good for shady lawns where bluegrass has trouble. It's sturdy and needs little maintenance.
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