Grass is more difficult to grow in densely shaded areas due to the lack of sunlight and moisture. Use a rototiller or hand tools to prepare the soil, depending on the size of the area you are planting. Plant appropriate varieties from seed to cover bare spots in the lawn and provide proper care to establish the new grass.Continue Reading
Use the appropriate tools to loosen the top 4 to 6 inches of soil. Add fertilizer, and work it into the soil. Use a garden rake to smooth the surface of the soil while removing any large rocks.
Spread the seed evenly over the prepared soil. Use a rake to cover the grass seed with approximately ⅛ inch of soil. Water the area thoroughly.
Keep the soil moist until the new growth appears. Keep children and pets away from the area until the grass is well-established.
Provide adequate water to encourage root growth. Under the tree, the grass receives natural moisture due to the leaf canopy. Because the grass grows slower due to the lack of sun, reduce the amount of fertilizer the grass receives in the shade. Set the mower to cut the grass ½ to 1 inch higher when mowing grass that grows in the shade.