A suitable lawn for shade?

Pune, India

Hi guys, I am looking at a lawn that will grow well in shade. I have planted paspalum and taiwan grass earlier, but both have been massive failures . I came across a lawn called KOREAN VELVET GRASS and was blown away by its sheer beauty. Is it true that this can grow well in shade? I have a huge tree that covers most of the area. Sunlight is an issue, some scattered sunlight does get in, but only just! I am based in Pune, India so temperatures are around 20-25 most of the year and never below 10 degrees celcius. I'm also attaching a snap. this is my third attempt now so really don't want to go wrong :( I really am keen on the velvet grass too ( zoysia tunifolia). Any other landscaping ideas are most welcome :)

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Pune, India

Help guys :(

Worcester, MA

Have you thought of shade ground cover instead? With the edging, you have a nice spot to 'landscape'. A few come to mind: pachysandra, ajuga, creeping phlox, lamium - maybe include a few shade perennials...

Pune, India

Quote from davidsl88 :
Have you thought of shade ground cover instead? With the edging, you have a nice spot to 'landscape'. A few come to mind: pachysandra, ajuga, creeping phlox, lamium - maybe include a few shade perennials...


Thanks for the idea..they do look interesting, but a beautiful lawn is rather a dream of mine :) So a little more keen on any lawn suggestions :)
Could u update me on the korean velvet?

Worcester, MA

Sorry I don't know anything about that grass. What's shading that area? Is it a tree/shrub you can move/prune/shear to get more sun to that area? Does that area get at least 4 hours of (at least dappled) sunlight per day? Are there any garden centers or lawn care services nearby that can offer advice? We have our lawn treated by a service and I call them frequently with questions about my lawn. I think Pune is tropical, right? Zone 10 or 11? So you would definitely want to get grasses that can handle the heat. Zoysia, Centipede, Carpetgrass and St. Augustine are shade grasses that can take tropical heat.

Orlando, FL(Zone 9b)

Mondo grass!! and maybe even combine normal green mondo grass with black mondo grass! it grows in shade/light shade and i think would be great. also there's lilyturf but that gets a bit tall and flowers.
also the mondo grass doesn't grow like your typical lawn, it grows in clumps but i really think you should give it a try :)

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Pune, India

Quote from davidsl88 :
Sorry I don't know anything about that grass. What's shading that area? Is it a tree/shrub you can move/prune/shear to get more sun to that area? Does that area get at least 4 hours of (at least dappled) sunlight per day? Are there any garden centers or lawn care services nearby that can offer advice? We have our lawn treated by a service and I call them frequently with questions about my lawn. I think Pune is tropical, right? Zone 10 or 11? So you would definitely want to get grasses that can handle the heat. Zoysia, Centipede, Carpetgrass and St. Augustine are shade grasses that can take tropical heat.


There is a huge tree on top, one that cannot be cut easily. There is some dappled sunlight (as seen in the pic). lots of heat here, maximum temp could go upto 38 degrees C and minimum to about 10 degrees. But on an avg it stays around 25-28 :) I had a paspalum lawn put actually, that seems to be similar to St Augustine (again u can see the vestiges in the photo) but I dont like it much because it doesnt look like a lawn at all. It just keeps growing like crazy (due to less amount of sunlight I gather), hence I want to change it to something that has slender leaves. Unless I am mistaken though, Korean velvet is a variety of Zoysia :)

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Pune, India

Quote from coastalzonepush :
Mondo grass!! and maybe even combine normal green mondo grass with black mondo grass! it grows in shade/light shade and i think would be great. also there's lilyturf but that gets a bit tall and flowers.
also the mondo grass doesn't grow like your typical lawn, it grows in clumps but i really think you should give it a try :)

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I had actually looked at Mondo grass as an option but I dont know if it will look good on a plot of land. From wat I understand it is used for borders. Looks lovely though, and I am a bit biased to 'clumpy' grasses. Is it good to walk on? Also, another issue which I forgot to mention earlier was that during fall, the tree would shed quite a lot of leaves! I wonder if they would get stuck in the mondo grass?

Worcester, MA

Zoysia?! I told you I don't know much about grass! LOL!!

My huge maple made it impossible to grow anything BUT grass. I couldn't even get Lily of the Valley to grow.

When I think of 'clump' grasses I think of what my lawn looks like now. My 2 dogs have ruined it. With so many low dead spots and so many higher clump-y spots, it makes mowing such a chore - the mower rocks up and down over the uneven surface and gets 'caught' on some of the bigger clumps. Wouldn't clumping grass be tough to mow? Unless it's not going to be a 'lawn'.

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Hi Ynk. Here is some info I found on Zoysia tenuifolia, Korean velvet grass. I hope it is helpful to you.

http://garden.iloveindia.com/all-about-lawns/index.html

http://www.american-lawns.com/grasses/zoysia.html

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/turf/publications/zoysia.html

Pune, India

Quote from davidsl88 :
Zoysia?! I told you I don't know much about grass! LOL!!

My huge maple made it impossible to grow anything BUT grass. I couldn't even get Lily of the Valley to grow.

When I think of 'clump' grasses I think of what my lawn looks like now. My 2 dogs have ruined it. With so many low dead spots and so many higher clump-y spots, it makes mowing such a chore - the mower rocks up and down over the uneven surface and gets 'caught' on some of the bigger clumps. Wouldn't clumping grass be tough to mow? Unless it's not going to be a 'lawn'.


lol no.. Not that type of clumpy!! I meant this kind of clumpy http://www.google.co.in/imgres?imgurl=http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3WtmbB4pC30/TsLncdu4r_I/AAAAAAAAA8Y/r18sW4CO6as/s1600/KOREAN%2BGRASS%2B00_THUMB.jpg&imgrefurl=http://thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.blogspot.com/2011/11/korean-velvet-grass.html&h=787&w=786&sz=141&tbnid=mA0DKveIjjbjmM:&tbnh=93&tbnw=93&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dkorean%2Bgrass%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=korean+grass&usg=__OM7CPlZmTYGRdUZNtuDYN2M8wLc=&docid=P11d1PVWnCwK8M&sa=X&ei=FGNTULDzEoiHrAfv3YDwBg&ved=0CCkQ9QEwAg&dur=442

Pune, India

Quote from themoonhowl :
Hi Ynk. Here is some info I found on Zoysia tenuifolia, Korean velvet grass. I hope it is helpful to you.

http://garden.iloveindia.com/all-about-lawns/index.html

http://www.american-lawns.com/grasses/zoysia.html

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/turf/publications/zoysia.html


Excellent! Thanks for this!

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

You are most welcome...Z tenuifolia is a beautiful grass and worth a try.

Worcester, MA

okay - so that grass is really gorgeous and luxurious! I see why you're attracted. But what's your goal? Are you not really going for a 'lawn' so much as ground cover? It looks long, so how would you mow it? Or would you not mow? I guess I'm confused. :>) I say if you love it just get it! LOL!!

Here's a pic of my clumping grass. It may be free, but not the look I'm going for! LOL!

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Pune, India

Quote from davidsl88 :
okay - so that grass is really gorgeous and luxurious! I see why you're attracted. But what's your goal? Are you not really going for a 'lawn' so much as ground cover? It looks long, so how would you mow it? Or would you not mow? I guess I'm confused. :>) I say if you love it just get it! LOL!!

Here's a pic of my clumping grass. It may be free, but not the look I'm going for! LOL!


Ah well, I am a little confused too :) But it seems that the fullfledged lawns won't grow in my yard.. Hence the clumping varieties. If it turns out well, I will mow it less often. Of course if it is going to turn out the way it looks in the pic I posted earlier, I guess thats a win :)

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