Growing grass in dense shade?
Hello! I am desperately trying to figure out a way to get grass to grow in the densest of shade in our backyard. Most of the yard is wooded with oaks and another good chunk of the yard is our deck. But between the two we have about 1500 square feet of what was once sod that we laid. It died out the following year so we tried seeding (two years in a row). The seed sprouted as long as the sun could break through the trees. But come June it's dense back there and even though the seed claims to be for dense shade (mostly fescues) it just doesn't seem to work.
Now DH wants to just woodchip the whole backyard but I don't think that will look very good...to go from a nice green lawn in front to all woodchips on the other side of the fence. I need the greenery and I don't know why.
Should we scrape up the remaining (dead) sod back there and get some fresh black dirt and try seeding again (which means muddy dog footprints LOL)? Or is there an easier way?
Thanks for any suggestions you all have to offer.