Treating BARE Spots in Lawns
I'm always getting questions about bare spots, you know, and I assume they're talking about in the lawn under trees. That's where most of them occur because grass doesn't like to grow in the shade. Most of the time if you have a shady area and it's not a high traffic area, you'd be better off to put a ground cover like Asiatic Jasmine or English Ivy. Or, if you have children playing, they like to play in the shade or if you have dogs, they like to lay in the shade, you're going to have bare spots.
Now first of all, no grass can tolerate full shade. The best one is St. Augustine. It lives longer than most, but it has to be planted if you are going to have grass in a shaded area. Then you are going to have to cut down on the traffic. You can't have a big dog and good grass under the tree.
Then you want to make sure you chose the most disease resistant drought tolerance St Augustine there is, and that's one called FloraTam. Ask around at your nurseries. If they say they haven't got it or can't get it keep looking because it's available in the local area and you can get rid off all that bare ugliness in your yard.
This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.
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