Ordinary garden turf doesn’t like being grown in the shade, but don’t despair, if your lawn is under trees or in the shade of a building, Turfonline has a solution for you… Shadesman Shade Tolerant Turf.

Shadesman is grown from grass species that naturally grow in lower light conditions.  The parent of this grass is known as Poa Supina, this grass hails from the alpine mountains of Germany and Austria where it spends some of the year underneath snow.  The rest of the year it is being trampled on and eaten by cattle.

The variety of Poa Supina we used to grow Shadesman turf is called Supranova – it’s been bred to look more like a lawn than a farmer’s field, so no worries there.  BUT, it’s just as hardwearing and shade tolerant as its parents.

What are the features of Shadesman?

  • Shade tolerant
  • Hardwearing
  • Quick recovery from damage
  • Dense growth habit
  • Frost hardy
  • Disease resistant
  • Used on sports fields and ideal for high traffic areas (dogs and sprogs!)
  • Happy in sun or shade
  • Dislikes really close mowing

Where can I buy Shadesman?

You can buy shade tolerant turf from www.turfonline.co.uk and have it delivered to your address.

It is slightly more costly than our ryegrass based turfs – because it’s relatively new, the seed is expensive.  But, in the long run it’s cheaper than returfing every time your lawn is killed by shade.

*Our new Shade tolerant Turf will be available from early 2020*

Can I buy shade tolerant seed instead of turf?

Indeed you can, you’ll find it in the seed section of turfonline.co.uk

How do I care for a shady lawn?

If your lawn is growing in shady conditions, you can help it to stay in good health by being more relaxed with your mowing regime.

  • Raise the mower blades as high as they can go and avoid cutting the grass shorter than about 5cm;  7-8 cm is a better length.
  • Always keep your mower blades really sharp.  If they’re blunt they’ll tear the grass rather than cut them and that puts a lot of stress on the plants.
  • Feed your lawn regularly with the right lawn feed for the time of year.
  • Remove fallen leaves at least once a week in the  autumn – more often if you can