Will Houston Area Grass Sod Grow in Shade?
Call us at 281-431-7441. In the Houston area, our typical turf grasses are warm season grasses that require lots of sunlight. So we’re often asked if any of our turf grass sod varieties will grow in shade or up next to a house or in the small space between a house and a solid fence. In this video, Houston Grass South owner, Michael Romine talks about that issue, and he lists the varieties of grass sod that are more shade tolerant than other varieties.
Here’s a summary of the video.
Will grass sod grow in shade or up next to a house? The answer is that it depends on the type of sod we’re talking about and how much shade. The absolute minimum amount of sunlight that any of the warm season grass, that we have in the Houston area, can tolerate is four hours. That means that all of our grass sod varieties need at least four hours of direct sunlight every day.
That requirement includes the Palmetto St. Augustine grass and the Palisades Zoysia grass and maybe the Floratam St. Augustine grass. They can tolerate a little bit less sunlight than the Bermuda grasses. The Bermuda grasses take 100% sunlight meaning they can not take any shade at all.
If there are tall trees or too many two-story houses or fences around an area, these Bermuda grasses will eventually thin out and turn to dirt over time. The others that we mentioned, the Zoysia grasses and the Palmetto St. Augustine grass and Floratam Augustine grass, they do tolerate a little bit more shade. If you can get that minimum amount of sunlight, that four hours of direct sunlight and then filtered sunlight throughout the rest of the day, then more shade tolerant grass varieties would stand little bit better chance.
So to increase the amount of sunlight reaching your grass, you might need to trim your trees or thin your tree branches. In areas that don’t get at least four hours of direct sunlight, you should consider using other kinds of ground cover.
If you have any questions about the shade tolerance of any of our turf grass sod varieties, please call us at 281-431-7441 or email us using the contact form.