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Trees and shade killing yard

My yard is very small and I have 5 50 year old sweetgum trees on it. The roots are slowly taking over and the grass is patchy at best. Is there anything I can do to grow some grass without having to cut down the trees? I live in Southern Illinois.

Re: Trees and shade killing yard

Probably not.
One of my least favorite trees due to the spikey balls they drop. Can be pretty in the fall though.
Grass needs sunlight, water & soil.

Timothy Miller
Re: Trees and shade killing yard

Howdy consider having an arboretist thin the tree limbs to allow more sunlight to reach the grass. Some grass will tolerate the shade better then other might check the web.

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