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Having problems with shady areas of my lawn. Need Advice.

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I'm new to the forum and I'm looking for some advice on how to improve my lawn.

I live in the panhandle of NW Florida and the lawns in our subdivision are mainly centipede grass. My main problem seemd to be the shady areas of the lawn on the north side of my home, the north side of my privacy fence and under some trees. All of the lawns in our subdivision are also setup for irrigation with reclaimed water. In these shady areas I have put down fresh sod that looked good when planted but totally died off and did not come back the following spring. I have also tried tilling the sandy soil down here with compost and have tried seed but I have not really been successful. My next door neighbor had problems with his yard and he just had his lawn re-sodded with zoysia grass. At this point I'm wondering if there is a permanent solution to growing centipede grass in these shady areas and if not then what are my options? I thought about trying to blend some other grass with the centipede grass but I have no clue as to what other variety to use that would also have a similar color and texture. Note that this is just the start of my questions as I have many other issues other than shady areas. Any help will be appreciated.
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Is there any other variety of grass like a rye, fescue or some other variety that I might be able to use in these areas that would have the color and blade texture of centipede? The areas in question are either quite long or quite long and wide to simply turn into flower/shrub beds without making the rest of the yard look funny. Also in regard to St Augustine is there only one variety of this grass? Our son lives in the Jacksonville, FL area and his St Augustine grass is unusually thick and wide bladed and I'm not sure that it would blend well with the centipede I have on elsewhere.

Funny thing is that I used to live in central Illinois and growing grass up there is so much easier as you could easily blend different varieties of grasses and there were always grasses that you could use in shade. Down here were I expected growing grass would be easier, it's really much harder.
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