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Choosing the right lawn seed mix for shade

SuperheroSuperhero Posts: 53

I've got a difficult time comparing different lawn seed mixes for shady areas. I'Ve read about the different types and I understand somewhat what I need but when I compare the compositions, every manufacturer has a different one and claims it's the best ;-)

Some contain dwarf rye grass others don't at all, some contain quite a high percentage of it and others just a low one while again others don't use any at all.

I've currently got four different types in front of me. 

Type 1: 30% dwarf ryegrass, 35% tall fescue, 35% rhizomatoues tall fescue

The claim: Drought tolerant grass seed for dry or poor soils, Often sold as 'water saver' grasses, Ideal as a low maintenance family or utility lawn seed

It was recommended to me by the company for shade (and it is also supposed to be good for wet soils, which some areas of mine are)

Type 2: 20% dwarf rye grass, 25% SC red fescue, 20% SLC red fescue, 15% hard fescue, 10% wood and rough meadow grass, 10% SS meadow grass, 5% browntop bend

The Claim: A shade grass seed for damp and shady conditions, Use for shade from structures or any watered shady place, A quality lawn seed for both looks and use

So is this for dry and wet soils? (dry under trees, wet if shaded by structures and houses?)

Type 325% Amenity Ryegrass, 40% Chewings Fescue, 30% Slender Fescue, 5% Bentgrass

The Claim: For open areas of partial to medium shade.

Type 4: 25% Perennial Rye Grass, 10% Slender Creeping Red Fescue, 55% Strong Creeping Red Fescue, 5% Rough Stalked Meadow Grass, 5% Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass

The Claim: A mixture suitable for establishing grass in shady areas, either under trees or between buildings. 


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,910

    Hi Superhero - I think you're over analysing and complicating it. Just go to a GC or DIY store and buy a mix for shade. It won't make a huge difference which one you pick. If there's one which suits wet rather than dry conditions, pick the one that's nearest to your conditions, but if you have permanently wetareas, grass isn't going to  thrive very well anyway, whatever you pick. You'd have to address the wet soil first. 

    I think the person posting above (whatcherdillard) has their own 'agenda' - they clearly didn't understand your  query, judging by the response. Or possibly it's heading towards a sneaky free advert.  Not very helpful.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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