What can you do when Grass will not Grow Under Trees?
This is an issue for lots of people and we are asked this question often.
Some grass varieties need direct sunlight in order to thrive and stay thick and healthy. The tree provides a canopy or umbrella that blocks out the sun. Grass like Bermuda requires at least 6 to 8 hours of full sun to grow at its optimal. If it does not receive that amount of sunlight, it become thin looking and your lawn can be filled with bare spots.
There are some variety of grasses that can withstand some shade like Fescues and Zoysia, but some trees roots grow above ground and that’s another culprit that can prevent grass from growing under trees. The roots of trees can be seen raised out of the ground like veins soaking up all the nutrients and water it can.
So what do you do if you can’t get any grass to grow and the roots of the trees are sticking up preventing grass from growing? Here are a few options without harming the tree’s roots or the tree:
- Create a raised bed (mound) filled with annual and perennial flowers.
- Install pine straw or some type of mulch around the tree to cover the roots and bare areas.