@Pippinwhite -- I had to laugh at your post. I had my battles with monkey grass when we bought our current home. An older lady had it and planted monkey grass everywhere. Took me forever to get the stuff pulled up and get some nice edging plants in.
I have a spot with deep shade in my backyard, and it's dirt. Looks like a dog run. I've experimented with grasses, but can't seem to get any to "take." I've augmented the soil, mulched -- everything, but still have that bare patch. What grass grows well in deep shade? I know some varieties do, and I'd like to try some. Maybe I'll ask at the Co-op on my next trip.