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Zone 4 Vermont, Shade Grass that does not creep?

Posted by Phaewryn 4b (My Page) on
Thu, May 1, 14 at 19:42

Hello. I am in zone 4 in southern Vermont, and I am seeking a lawn grass that wont spread itself into the bed over time. Something that does not send out creeping segments, that grows upright. I plan to mow it to about 4-6 inches deep (longer than typical lawns), and I am hoping there is something that wont lay over on itself. I can post examples of the current grass, and which ones I like, and which areas I dislike. I cannot identify grasses on my own, but there is one type in the existing lawn that seems nice. I do not mind an annual grass, so long as it is easy to grow every year. The lawn is compacted. I have dethatched it what I can by hand with a rake, but it is an older lawn, with big rocks throughout. The soil, where there is enough soil over the rocks (which I am slowly digging out one at a time, thus the bare patches), is nice soil, full of earthworms, and the same soil in the beds grows lilies, lily of the valley, rhododendrons, lilacs, and hydrangeas with no effort. This is for a north side of a 2 story building's lawn, so it is mostly shaded.

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RE: Zone 4 Vermont, Shade Grass that does not creep?

The fine fescues, sheeps and hard fescue do well in the shade ( hard fescue the best)but all grasses need some sun. Although they don't do well with a lot of traffic or water and you should not mow it when it's under drought stress. 6 inches is a good height for this grass, I doubt you would ever have to mow it. However, the fine fescues kind of lay over, it doesn't exactly stand straight up. If the area stays wet then poa trivialis maybe your only option. Poa Trivialis is stoloniferous, but it's not that aggressive and it's not the most attractive turfgrass.

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