New lawn in shade in Houston, TX
I was hoping someone might be able to educate an ignorant English gardener who has just moved to Houston, Texas and is wanting to plant a new lawn!
We have just bought a house that is surrounded on all sides by oak trees that provide plenty of shade to our garden. Looking at my neighbour's houses, I can see that those lawns that are in the shade of their oak trees have many bald patches and/or are brown. The area that I wish to plant my lawn is north facing under three large oak trees. The previous owners (and our neighbours) have planted monkey grass in the area that I wish to have the lawn. I really hate monkey grass and want to get rid of it.
Please may I have some suggestions as to what approaches I might take to get a decent lawn? I was thinking a bahia grass lawn? Having only just moved to Houston from England, my knowledge of lawns in this part of the world is sketchy at best, so any recommendations most gratefully received.