How do I get my grass to grow under a large oak tree? Is it getting too much shade?

Question by bong: How do I get my grass to grow under a large oak tree? Is it getting too much shade?
There is a patch between my oak tree and the street where grass does not grow. It is about 5 feet by 3 feet in size.

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Answer by greymoon9
they make shade variety grass seed, check it out, and see if that helps you. You might want to consider planting some sort of shade loving ground cover under your tree, like an ivy.

What do you think?

4 Responses to “How do I get my grass to grow under a large oak tree? Is it getting too much shade?”

  1. a kinder, gentler me says:

    I have the same thing, but it’s about 10 x 30′! Last year, I tilled the whole thing and planted enough grass seed to…well, I don’t know, but it was alot!! Right now, it looks like a swamp! Well, a swamp has grass, so that’s not right.

    It’s just mud.

  2. keysfunding says:

    It’s not a problem with shade. Many trees secrete a substance from their roots that kills grass. I believe the Oak tree falls into this category. And the bigger the tree, the more toxin is released.

    I would section the area off with some decorative trim, build up the area with topsoil and mulch and plant some nice perennials 😉

    Good luck!

  3. twainy says:

    The tree canopy prevents the gound beneath it from getting much moisture. If you plant below a trees canopy you will have to water regularly during the growing season to keep it green. Grass is dormant in the winter and so does not receive much benefit from the rain that gets to it after the trees leaves have fallen.

  4. PKG Gardens says:

    Sounds like a beautiful spot to grow a 15 sq. ft. shade
    garden. Hostas and impatiens etc.(shade-tolerant anuals
    and perennials) would make for a nice look at curb-side.

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