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I have a large grassy area in my backyard, but the Southern side of the area is extremely shaded due to giant oleanders and large shade trees.

I put down sod (bermuda) 2 years ago, which died.

Last year I seeded with shade seed (from Lowes). That never took either.

I was told I needed some type of 'special' grass that grows in the shade here.

Any suggestions?

Also, does anyone know of a tree that will be good to plant near a pool? My pool guy is worried about roots that could grow thru the plaster, my husband is worried about a tree dropping too much 'junk' into the pool. Is there such a perfect tree for planting by a pool?

Thank you,

Kathryn

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Dichondra is probably the one referred to.  Take a lot of shade and is a very low growing type with a different leaf structure.

As far as a pool tree, a lot of folks like queen palms by their pools because of the tropical aspect.

I second the Dichondra

Ficus? Banana? Palms are good, too.

....a perfect tree for planting by a pool?

A plastic one?

What about St. Augustine?

My other neighbor just told me thats what they have.

Thoughts?

we put in bobsod and it seems to do well in shade and sun.

I used bobsod the first time. :-(

I put in a new variety just out last year called tifgrand, does very well in shade, it's a very lush soft short bladed grass, carpet like. I got it From evergreen turf, although you would need a mower that can cut it fairly short. It is meant for areas that get shade 60-70% of the time. But it has supposedly done well in even worse situations.  Mine gets plenty of sun so I can't confirm that. How much sun does the area actually get in the summer? Mangoes are the cleanest tree I know of, A dwarf mango might do well next to a pools microclimate.   

Your hubby might prefer some sail shades to provide the poolside comfort, as every tree I can think of will at some point drop something.  Some of the ones mentioned here are pretty clean, but no trees are completely devoid of debris potential - except for maybe Powell's plastic one.  :)  Maybe couple the shade sails with some vines along fences & walls that could make it easier to control the leaf/flower/fruit drop into the pool.

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