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A PORTION OF MY BACKYARD IS VERY SHADY AND THE GRASS LOOKS SPARSE AND UNHEALTHY. ANY SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT TO DO TO MAKE IS LOOK GOOD AND HEALTHY AGAIN?
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Most grass in our Utah landscapes are Kentucky Blue Grass and it does not like much shade. It looks sparse because it is not getting enough light to grow properly. Tall fescue tolerates shade better and you might consider reseeding that area with tall fescue. However, if there is heavy shade, there are no grasses that grow in full shade. You could look at USU Publication on Turfgrass cultivars http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/Turfgrass.pdf for more information.
You may consider using plants more tolerant of shade like some other ground cover such as Vinca (Vinca minor) or Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi).
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