Shade & Soil Compaction: Lawn Killers
Large trees and lawns don’t always go hand in hand.
A common problem in Texas lawns is competition between shade trees and lawns. As trees grow and shade gets denser, turf grasses such St. Augustine, Bermuda and Zoysia don’t get enough sunlight to thrive. As tree roots get denser, so does the competition for water and nutrients. The problem is often compounded by overwatering in the landscape and soil compaction.
Additional water and fertilizer will not make lawns grow back into densly shaded areas. Consider transitioning to shade tolerant groundcovers.