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Dense Shade vs Shady Nooks Grass Seed?


Jonathan Green’s Black Beauty® Shady Nooks Grass Seed is our most shade-tolerant grass seed mixture. It survives well in either damp or dry soils, of up to 90% deep shade, where other grasses fail.


Black Beauty® Dense Shade Grass Seed contains shade-tolerant varieties that will grow well under trees and in up to 70% shade. It is a mixture of primarily turf-type tall fescue grasses, and therefore creates great versatility in shady to partial sun lawns, blends well into sunnier areas, and grows best in drier soils.


Black Beauty Dense Shade Grass Seed

  • Grass Type:  Tall and Fine Fescues, Perennial Rye, & Kentucky Bluegrass
  • Grass Color:  Dark green
  • Sun Tolerance:  Good
  • Shade Tolerance:  Excellent
  • Light Requirements:  Partial sun to shade (5 – 6 hours of sun)
  • Drought Tolerance:  Excellent
  • Germination Time:  14 – 21 days
  • Best Use: Lawns with big shady trees, large shrubs, or areas shaded by houses or other permanent structures.

Black Beauty Shady Nooks Grass Seed

  • Grass Type:  Tall Fescues, Perennial Rye, & Fine Fescues
  • Grass Color:  Dark green
  • Sun Tolerance: Good
  • Shade Tolerance:  Excellent – Jonathan Green’s most shade tolerant turfgrass mixture
  • Light Requirements:  Sun to dense shade (4 – 5 hours of sun)
  • Drought Tolerance:  Excellent
  • Planting Depth:  ¼ inches
  • Germination Time:  10 – 14 days
  • Best Use: Lawns in deep shade and in damp or dry soil. Grows well right up to the base of trees, and requires less fertilizer*. Shady Nooks is the most shade tolerant turfgrass mixture on the market.


*Note: Shady lawns receive less sunlight they perform less photosynthesis which means they require less food and do not respond well to overfeeding, especially with high nitrogen fertilizers. Use Jonathan Green’s Veri-Green Starter Fertilizer For Seeding and Sodding fertilizer which contains phosphorus to encourage deep root growth.


For more information on our other Black Beauty varieties, check out our grass seed page.

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