Although Kentucky bluegrass seeds are a cool-season lawn type, they prefer direct sunlight for optimal growth. Bluegrass seed lawns can still grow well in partial shade, however. Our Velvet Blue Blend and Blue Ribbon Turf Blend products are great choices for areas with minimal amounts of shade. They can be found with our Kentucky Bluegrass seed products. Both blends are traffic tolerant and have a medium texture, but the Velvet Blue Blend will take longer to grow into a full lawn because it is 100% Kentucky bluegrass seed. The Blue Ribbon Turf Blend contains perennial ryegrass seed as well as bluegrass seed, which will help it to establish more quickly.
However, what if your yard is substantially shaded? Or if you live in an area where getting direct sunlight on a regular basis is a gamble? Do you have to abandon your dream of having a lovely Kentucky bluegrass lawn?
The good news is no, you don’t. Nature’s Finest Seed offers several distinct blends of bluegrass seeds and other grass seed varieties that will increase your lawn’s endurance to shade and help it maintain its rich color.
Our Sun & Shade Turfgrass Blend is a unique mix of bluegrass seed, perennial ryegrass seed, and fescue seed, which allows your lawn to thrive in both direct sunlight and full shade. It is the perfect solution for a heavily wooded yard, and can be found here.
If you are more concerned about the weather’s effect on your lawn, take a look at our Northwest and Northeast Turfgrass Blends. Our Northwest Turfgrass Seed Blend is a mixture of Kentucky bluegrass seeds, perennial ryegrass seeds, and creeping red fescue seeds. This diversity will help your lawn adapt to any number of cloudy, misty days. It also has high disease resistance and salt tolerance, perfect if you live close to the coast. The Northeast Turfgrass Seed Blend mixture of bluegrass seed and fescue seed likewise creates a lawn that can sustain itself in cool, humid, and shady areas, and that will not be as susceptible to diseases. You can have your dream Kentucky bluegrass seed lawn for your family and pets as long as you pick a variety with characteristics most suited to your needs.
If you are unsure as to whether Kentucky bluegrass seed is the right grass seed for you, please refer to our grass seed guides, or use the navigation tabs at the top of the page.
What is the best grass for shade areas?
Shade-tolerant plants include fine fescue, tall fescue, red fescue, and Chewings fescue. Perennial ryegrass (cold season) is a cultivar that can thrive with four hours of direct sunlight each day. Rough bluegrass (cold season) is a bluegrass that can thrive with just four hours of dappled sunshine each day.
What is the most shade-tolerant Kentucky bluegrass?
Tall fescues can withstand mild shade, while Kentucky bluegrass types Glade and Bensun can tolerate light shade.
What are the pros and cons of Kentucky bluegrass?
The fact that it has a rapid bloom phase in the spring and recovers incredibly quickly from drought wear is a plus for both of them. Another problem is that Kentucky Bluegrass is not particularly shade tolerant, and if planted in excessive shade, it will thin or die.
Where does Kentucky bluegrass grow best?
Although Kentucky bluegrass is found throughout the United States, it is most important agriculturally in the north central and northeastern regions and is best adapted to areas where the average daily temperature during July does not exceed 75°F.