Will a Gazebo Kill My Lawn?

Will a Gazebo Kill My Lawn

A gazebo in your lawn will look impressive. You might have already added a gazebo, or looking to add a new one soon, but you might be wondering how your lawn grass fare as a result? Will a Gazebo kill my lawn?

The point of having a gazebo on your lawn is to create a shade. But, most lawn grasses need at least four to six hours of sunlight to survive. Without proper sunlight and water, the plants and the grass underneath the gazebo will wither and die. 

So, yes, the gazebo can kill your lawn in the long run, even if it’s taken care of properly. Proper measures can help the lawn grass survive for an extended period. But, that is not permanent; the grass will eventually die after some time.

How to protect my lawn grass from dying under the gazebo?

The natural grass and plants which thrive with light and water will die under the shade. But there are alternatives. 

There are some plants and grass types that grow well in shaded areas. To put it in the right way, it will have better tolerance in the shades. The shade-tolerant grass blends thrive in two to four hours of partial shade or dappled sun. It would be an excellent choice to add those shade-loving grass and plants under your gazebo.

Even though these grasses are shade tolerant, they need two to four hours of sunlight in a day at least. Shade tolerant plants last long without dying quickly. But in the long run, for these grasses to survive, sunlight or partial sunlight is necessary.

How to make sure to get two hours of sunlight under the gazebo for the grass?

Gazebo’s with no sidewalls is the popular and best choice. There are portable gazebo sidewalls. You can always fix the sidewalls if necessary. 

Make sure there are no plants or trees around the gazebo. So when the sun’s direction changes, the light reflection will naturally hit the grass. It will ensure a minimum of two to four hours of sunlight or partial sunlight for the grass.

What types of grass grow better in shade?

Some grasses tolerate the shade better. However, when choosing this grass, there is one thing you should be mindful of; there is two-season grass – for cool-season/areas and warm-season/areas. Choose the right seed based on the climate condition in your area.

For cool areas – Tall Fescues, Ryegrass, and Fine are the best choices which are the most shade tolerant in cool areas. 

For warm areas – Zoysiagrass and St. Augustinegrass are good choices for warmer areas.

Another strategy you can use to get a better result is – go for a different blend or mix of grass seeds. If one type fails, another one will make up for it. Moreover, go for high-quality seeds that will ensure good grass that lasts better in shades.

Check the label to find out the grass quality – the weed content should be less than 1%, and the inert material content should be less than 4%. It is always better to buy grass seeds with a germination rate of more than 70%.

Do I need to mow grass differently in shady spots?

The grass under the gazebo is less exposed to the light. When the light is less, the growth of the grass will also be less. So, grasses in the shade need special landscaping care. Each blade of grass needs more surface area to conduct photosynthesis, which is the process that fuels grass growth. 

Avoid mowing shade-grown grass regularly. Sometimes, the shade-grown grass may not recover after scalping. If the grass is grown well in the gazebo area, adjust your clipping height to mow it 1/2 to 1 inch higher than usual. 

Should I water more in the shady areas?

You need to water the grass under the gazebo. The rainfall will never be able to penetrate through the gazebo. So, watering the shady area becomes more important than in the sunny area.

But, shaded areas won’t take more water than the sunny area. Light, infrequent watering is the way to go for shaded lawns. If the weather is extremely hot and dry you may increase the water frequency.

You will be using the gazebo often. So don’t let the water stay there in the grass. This will make you uncomfortable when you’re relaxing under the gazebo.

Should I have grass at all under the Gazebo?

When you have so many options for gazebo flooring do you need to have the lawn grass? If so, you may have to face some issues with the grass in and around the gazebo.

Light deprivation, water issues, and constant foot traffic will make the grass condition poor and in extreme conditions, the grass may even die. 

Yes, there are certain steps you can take to maintain the lawn grass under the gazebo. But it’s a lot of work. When there are options it is worth considering them.

Flooring options for gazebo in the lawn

Wood pallet flooring is one of the beautiful and convenient flooring options for gazebo. It is one of the popular options for your lawn gazebo because the wood floor can give you a sense of calm and it improves your mood. The wooden floor blends well with nature as well. 

Will a Gazebo kill my Lawn

Moreover, this type of wooden flooring is very affordable and easy to install. The downside of the wooden flooring is – since the gazebo will be placed outdoor, extreme weather conditions could damage the wooden floors.

Outdoor rugs are another option you can think of. If you like to add a color splash to your lawn this is a great option. These rugs come in different shapes, designs, and colors. It is also very affordable. 

The downside of the rug is, they aren’t durable. But, some people love to change the rug often, so it gives a different vibe that matches the mood.

Concrete flooring, marble, natural stone, etc… all add options to the gazebo flooring. This kind of flooring is useful when you decide to place the gazebo permanently on the lawn.

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