Lawn Care

AMERICAN LAWN GUIDE

simple lawn care tips for greener healthier backyard lawns
Lawns Need Sunlight

Sunlight Requirements For Lawns

All grasses require sunlight in order to live and thrive as the lawns we want them to be. It's a simple non-negotiable fact that without sunlight, our lawns would simply waste away and die, however, the different lawn types all have different minimum requirements for sunlight, and each will tolerate some shade at certain levels.

So when choosing a new grass type, or trying to determine why a lawn is not thriving in some areas, it's important to look at the shade tolerance and sunlight requirements of each lawn type to determine which may be best for our yard.

In this article we'll take a quick and simple look at the sunlight requirements of several of the more popular grass types used as lawns.

St. Augustine Grass
Requires 4 - 6 hours of direct sunlight.

Tall Fescue
Requires 6 hours of direct sunlight, or 8 hours of filtered sunlight.

Zoysia Grass
Requires 6 hours of direct sunlight, or 8 hours of filtered sunlight.

Bermuda Grass
Requires 8 hours of direct sunlight.

Seashore Paspalum
Requires 8 hours of direct sunlight.

Centipede Grass
Requires 8 hours of direct sunlight.