No Mow Grass

Q: We hate to mow our lawn and were wondering what you know about “no-mow” grass. Our lawn is primarily shady, so what we are mowing now is weeds.

A: If you’re referring to No Mow Grass sold on the Internet, I believe it primarily contains fine fescue and bentgrass, neither of which grow well here due to our hot summers. No grass adapted to the South will thrive in less than six hours of direct sunshine or eight hours of high pine shade. If you can tolerate occasional bare spots and the need for constant weed control, tall fescue can make an acceptable lawn in four hours of direct sunshine. There are no miracle grasses. Either give your lawn grass what it needs in order to thrive or install beds of shade-tolerant plants.