Turf grass care and lawn care improvement tips
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Shade Tolerance of Common Turfgrasses
Shade can cause significant growth changes in grass plants. In response to reduced sunlight, grass plants form more of an upright growth habit including thinner, longer leaves; shallower rooting; lower plant energy levels and becomes less dense.
Some grass types have developed a tolerance or adaptation to reduced light levels. Others
have not. Below is a table that ranks common turfgrass species according to their shade tolerance.
Light is critical for the development and growth of turfgrasses. Starting with the seed and progressing through to plant maturity, light is needed for energy, reproduction and seed germination.