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grass for prob area

Posted by dancerdeb (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 10, 11 at 12:38

Small backyard area for grass - perimeter plantings, large patio; coastal L A; the St Augustine grass turns into mud because it's partially in shade in winter, although our temps don't drop out out of the 40's. Not a fan of the 2 season lawn routine. Kikuyu grass sounds interesting - invasive, so what, this lawn is very isolated...We like to sit on the grass, sunbathe, etc, so that eliminates natives you can't step on.
Any other suggestions?
thank you!

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RE: grass for prob area

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 10, 11 at 18:26

"the St Augustine grass turns into mud because it's partially in shade in winter"

St. Augustine goes completely dormant in Southern California in the winter, : that is why it turns into mud. Which prompts another question--is there a drainage problem?

Marathon Fescue or hybrid Bermuda if you want a true mown lawn. Soft, silky, lovely to sit on. If you are coastal, either would be happy in summer.

RE: grass for prob area

  • Posted by bahia SF Bay Area (My Page) on
    Wed, Apr 13, 11 at 12:34

I don't know how Kikuyu grass responds to winter shade in Louisiana, but it certainly does better here in the San Francisco Bay Area as a full sun turf. It tends to stay pretty much green and full here in full sun, even though we do flirt with freezing temps briefly in winter.

I might suggest using dwarf Mondo Grass as a lawn substitute, if it doesn't have to accommodate but occasional traffic. It holds up really well to winter shade and wet soils locally, but is slow to fill in.

RE: grass for prob area

Thanks, will amend soil prior to putting in new lawn; will consider all three types; BTW, was just in Millbrae visiting our son; amazing how well citrus does on the peninsula!

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