3 Basic Needs of a Healthy Gainesville Lawn: Sun

Shade Trees.  Nearly everyone loves and wants them on their lot.  A big, beautiful, well-established tree can not only add beauty to your Gainesville Landscaping, they can also provide shade which in turn keeps your home cooler and will save you on your energy bill.  What is good for your wallet, however, isn’t good for your lawn. Too much shade is often the culprit for an unsightly dirt patch in a lawn.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone tell me they think all they need to do is install a pallet of sod and their lawn will be fine.  What actually happens is the sod looks great for a few months, but over time begins to fade and, six months later, their unsightly dirt patch is back. They’re treating the symptom of the problem (the dead sod) rather than the actual problem (the amount of shade on that area of the lawn).

The bottom line is that St. Augustine and zoysia need about 4-6 hours of sunlight a day.

The funny thing is that once these customers accept that these areas will never be able to support a lush green lawn with heavy shade, they soon realize that these areas can be the prettiest and most welcoming places of their lawn.

A shady area can be a great place for a bench on a flagstone patio, maybe with a water feature nearby to enjoy during a beautiful day.   And for large areas, ground cover, such as liriope or Asiatic Jasmine can be added and then be broken up with shrubs of different sizes and textures such as variegated pittosporum or Azaleas.  If irrigation is a concern, you can use river rock and mulch areas to break up large areas while reducing the watering requirements.

If you have the right amount of sun on your lawn and are wondering about the other two basic needs for a healthy Gainesville lawn, please read about Water and Fertilizer  by clicking the individual links.

If you have any questions regarding your Gainesville lawn and landscape please don’t hesitate to contact us at 011 568 9721 or 063 653 4897, email us at  We’d be happy to answer any of your questions.

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