I live in northeast

I have a yard in which each section gets about 2 hours of direct sunlight.

Is there a "total shade" grass seed? Can't find one at the HD stores.

I've tried sun/shade mixes and low water, etc.

Grass just doesn't do well here

Moss, however, does

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    Is the lawn shady because of a building? A large tree? Many large trees? If the shade is from a tree or trees, do you know what kind of tree(s)?
    – Jurp
    Apr 1, 2021 at 2:00
  • @Jurp building?-Yes. Many large trees?-Yes. 80% white pine, 20% oak
    – Marinaio
    Apr 1, 2021 at 15:04
  • @Jurp Past 2pm, as sun is heading west, the shade begins to lengthen due to trees. At 8am, building covers 60% of the yard.
    – Marinaio
    Apr 1, 2021 at 15:07
  • Here is a shade-specific lawn seed from a company local to me (Pacific NW): ptlawnseed.com/collections/conventional-lawn-seed-mixes/…. Apr 3, 2021 at 6:37

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Check local people for advice. In Melbourne (Australia) the grass to use is Red Fescue. Looks like thin green wire, and needs frequent reseeding if you want the lush look.


Certain species of fescue grass (like "sheep", "chewing" and "strong creeping red" fescue) grow very well in shade. Here's an example of a seed mix designed to grow well in shaded areas:


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