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Avoid Lawns in Dry Shade

20150911Don’t even think of trying to grow a lawn in the dry shade of a wooded area. Grass is already hard enough to grow in the deep shade of a building, but when it also has to deal with the root competition of a forest, it really has no chance of survival and trying to install a lawn in such a site will simply be a waste of your time and effort. The place of a lawn is in full sun or partial shade in rich soil where it has no competition whatsoever, certainly not as an understory plant where light is low and tree roots suck all the richness and moisture out of the soil.

If you want an effect of “green carpet” in the shade, think instead of shade-resistant, drought-resistant groundcovers, plants that will put up with deep shade and root competition. Go to this link for a list of suggestions: Groundcovers for Shade.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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