Jonathan Green’s Black Beauty® Shady Nooks Grass Seed

Product Description

Black Beauty® Shady Nooks Grass Seed is Jonathan Green's most shade-tolerant grass seed mixture. This grass seed survives and thrives in both wet and dry shady areas where other turfgrass mixtures fail. What makes this proprietary shady seed mixture so great is the unique blend of Black Beauty® turf-type tall fescues and hard fescues.

Because shady lawns receive less sunlight they perform less photosynthesis which means they require less food and do not respond well to overfeeding, especially with high nitrogen fertilizers. Using a fertilizer that contains phosphorus is beneficial to encourage deep root growth. This seed germinates in 10 – 14 days.

Coverage & Pricing:

3 lb Bag - $21.98 - Overseeding – Seeds up to 2,250 sq. ft. -- New Lawns – Seeds up to 1,125 sq. ft.

7 lb Bag - $49.98 - Overseeding – Seeds up to 5,250 sq. ft. -- New Lawns – Seeds up to 2,625 sq. ft.

25 lb Bag - $129.98 - Overseeding - Seeds up to 18,750 sq. ft. -- New Lawns - Seeds up to 9,375 sq. ft.

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For the best results, follow the directions below for establishing a new lawn or overseeding an existing one.


Mow – Mow the lawn at the lowest mower setting before seeding to allow the seed to reach the soil.

Rake – Rake over the existing grass with a metal rake to remove the thatch layer and any debris to loosen the soil.  Add additional topsoil to fill in holes and level the ground.

Check soil pH level – Have a soil test taken to check your soil’s pH level.  The optimum soil pH should be between 6.2 to 7.0.  For a pH below 6.2 use Jonathan Green MAG-I-CAL® Plus for Acidic and Hard Soil to rapidly increase pH. If the pH is above 7.0 use MAG-I-CAL® Plus for Alkaline and Hard Soil to rapidly decrease the soil pH.


When to apply – The best time to apply seed is mid-August to mid-October while the ground is still warm and the nights are cooler.  Mid-March through mid-May is the next best time to plant when the soil temperature reaches 55º+ Fahrenheit and the temperature of the air stays consistently warm.

Spread seed – Apply half of the seed with a rotary spreader in one direction (north to south) and the remainder in the opposite direction (east to west).  It is beneficial to spread a new seeding fertilizer that is high in phosphorus at this time as well.

Rake seed – Rake lightly into the ground with a metal rake.  Walk with light, even footsteps on the seedbed to firm the soil around the seed.  Do not bury the seed more than one-fourth of an inch deep.


Water – For best germination, water daily to keep the seedbed moist.  Continue watering regularly for a few weeks until the grass plants reach a height of 2 – 2.5 inches.

Mow – Begin mowing when the new grass has reached a height of 3 – 4 inches.  Make sure the mower has sharp blades.  Be careful not to scalp the lawn, low mowing will stress the root system and encourage the growth of weeds.


Grass Type: Tall Fescues, Perennial Rye, and Fine Fescues

Grass Color: Dark green

Recommended Planting Months:

For cool-season grasses

Mid-August through mid-October

Mid-March through mid-May

Sun Tolerance: Good

Shade Tolerance: Excellent

Light Requirements: Sun to Dense Shade (4 – 5 hours of sun)

Drought Tolerance: Excellent

Insect and Disease Resistance: Good

High Traffic Tolerance: Good

Planting Depth: ¼ inches

Germination Time: 10 - 14 days


Click the link to the Jonathan Green Product Page and navigate to the Spreader Settings tab for recommended spreader settings.