Grasses in shade
"Trees and shade create a naturally pleasing environment in the landscape, however it is very difficult to grow grass under trees. Shady areas often have less light, tree root competition for nutrients and water, phytotoxic responses from alleopathic tree compounds, compacted soil from heavy use, and excessive organic matter from leaf litter. It's no wonder that growing grass is quite a challenge. Sweet gum, maple and unpruned pin oak are extremely difficult to grow grass under, while locust and poplar plantings are easily grassed."--First page.
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