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Erosion Control Grass
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Gunner    Posted 10-28-2004 at 17:13:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Planted 150lbs of erosion control grass seed that came up fine 'bout 2 months ago. For some reason in the past couple of weeks 80% has shriveled, and lost most of its color (Not dead like when the dog pees on the lawn, but pretty close to it)

The soil is mostly clay that was recently excavated and compacted, but I've seen this stuff come up in it w/ no problems.

Even in good soil the grass came up great, but is now "patchy" w/ some good & bad spots. Seems like if it were bad seed it wouldn't have come up as well as it did. Don't want to put too much more in to it since it will be covered in blackberry by next year, but don't want my road to wash out

We've had plenty of rain mixed w/ some good weather and one hot 80 deg day - was thinking maybe the grass couldn't take the hot day?

Taylor Lambert    Posted 10-28-2004 at 17:41:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I run a wood waste landfill in sandy and clay soill. We keep it green nearly all year long with a mix of wheat oats and rye and fescue grass and fertilize it with 13 13 13. In the spring and summer we use wild birdseed out of 9 dollar 50 pound bags. and disc it in and drag thwith 13 13 13 on it and its green in a few days if watered it also is very resilient. We grass all our waterways and diversions.

Gunner    Posted 10-28-2004 at 17:56:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I posted a pic of some of the section that we put in b/4 seeding on the Photo Gallery - Go about 12 "clicks" back to the one titled Driveway
Very steep - Concerned that fert would wash away at this pt in our rain season given the slope mainly

Randy    Posted 10-28-2004 at 17:20:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Did you fertilize the grass? Likes to eat when it's young, especially if the soil isn't giving lots of nutrients to the new sprouts.

Gunner    Posted 10-28-2004 at 17:24:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nope - It came in dark green and was growing well - Shriveled up really fast

What kind of fert for young grass? Would manure work?

toolman    Posted 10-28-2004 at 19:38:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
theres a lot of weed seeds in horse manure especially if they are out on pasture.

Randy    Posted 10-28-2004 at 17:31:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've heard horse manure is OK right out of the pipe but not cow, too hot.
We use starter fertilizer, sorry I can't remember the numbers. Just says starter fertilizer on the bag.

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