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How to Grow Grass Near Eucalyptus Trees

By Jason M. Bruner ; Updated September 21, 2017
A lawn with plenty shade trees, requires shade tolerant grass.
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Eucalyptus trees are excellent additions to a lawn if you are looking for a beautiful, aromatic and fast growing tree. However, keeping grass healthy, thick and green can be hard when growing under a eucalyptus tree. Eucalyptus trees make it difficult to grow grass because they produce a large amount of shade and shed their leaves throughout the entire year. By following these few steps, you can successfully grow grass and enjoy your eucalyptus tree together.

Prune away some of the branches of the eucalyptus tree to allow for some sun to reach the lawn below. Grass of all kinds, even shade-tolerant types, require some sun. Use pruning shears to complete this process.

Apply a layer of topsoil around the base of the eucalyptus tree where the grass will be grown. Ground underneath trees can be compacted making it hard for grass to grow properly. The layer of topsoil will provide loose soil for the grass seed to take root.

Plant a type of grass that is shade tolerant. Fine fescue is a common choice for shady lawns, but it depends on weather. Find a shade-tolerant grass that would grow best in your area.

Water the grass daily. Eucalyptus trees require a lot of water to survive. Ensure the grass is well watered. Constantly provide proper growing conditions for the shade grass.

Rake the grass once it has taken root. Keep the new grass clear of eucalyptus leaves. The leaves can quickly pile up and kill the grass. Complete this process using a lawn-care leaf rake.


Things You Will Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Shade-tolerant grass
  • Top soil
  • Water
  • Lawn rake

About the Author


Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on various websites.