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    nothing but shade in the backyard.

    Anyone know what kind of grass seeds would do well and grow in shade? the dirt is kind of sandy.
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    Here is a link to growing grass in the shade in South Carolina:

    http://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheets/hgic1202.htm

    Are you starting from scratch or are you overseeding a thin lawn?
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    Our yard in KY was almost all shade. We seeded it with a mix of stuff (trial and error - try something then something else). The KY bluegrass did OK but St. Augustine did better for us. It was pretty rocky soil, though.

    My suggestion would be to trim your trees some - even just cutting off the smallest bit of low hanging limbs will make a big difference to the grass. We seeded and covered with hay to keep the birds out of the seed. Then once the grass comes up you can rake up the "extra" hay (carefully) - you don't have to get it all up, what's left will turn into fertilizer. You just want to get enough of the hay up so that it doesn't block the sunlight from the growing grass.
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    When I lived in Illinois near St. Louis the method 2b2l posted is what we did for our lawns. Putting down sod is really easy but seeding is a LOT cheaper. When will you get started?
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    Make sure if you do put down seed you amend the soil first, esp. if it's sandy. You'll geta better lawn that way, even in the shade, than if you just toss the seed down and hope for the best.
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