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johnny331 05-29-2007 04:01 PM

grass planting
My yard was regraded with a bobcat the other day, and though it isn't absolutely the way I want it, I wont be messing with it for at least a few months, or maybe even a year or two. I'd love to have some grass in the mean time though. So.

Should I just go ahead and plant the grass, like I said the ground was all broken up by the bobcat, will this be suitable for grass growth? Or is there something else I should do to it? It's very loose soil now, when it rains you sink a good inch or two in it.

I don't want a spectacular lawn, I just don't want to see mud all day. Anything is better than that. I really don't want to spend more than a few hundred dollars for materials and all. I'll do the seeding myself. Thanks!

Sammy 05-29-2007 06:16 PM

Its a little late in the season with the heat coming on but depending on the size of your yard its worth a shot.

Do you know if its subsoil or topsoil your working with?

I would suggest checking the soil analysis with a test kit first and see what you have as far as PH etc.

slakker 05-29-2007 08:59 PM

If it's just not wanting to "look at mud all day", another option is picking up some "meadow mix". They sell it here in the garden centres, and it's basically a mix of wild flower seeds, and such and depending on the size of yard, could give you a little meadow-like garden... just another option...

handy man88 05-30-2007 07:46 AM

"I wont be messing with it for at least a few months, or maybe even a year or two."

This may mean never. I'd put down some soil conditioner, and till it up. Then, I'd use a roller and pack the dirt down. Put down grass seed, some starter fertilizer, and then some straw. If you don't do anything, that's ok too, because soon weeds will take over and you'll get greenery, but bad greenery.

The straw will hold some of the moisture, so the seeds most likely will germinate, but you won't get anything thick and lush. You'll have to water at least twice a day to get the seed to germinate though. Once again, you'll need a roller because otherwise, the ground will be too squishy.

Since you live in Ohio, it might not be too late to seed.

darsunt 06-01-2007 04:41 PM

Maybe you could lay some mulch over it now, and till it in later when you decide to plant grass? Your local building supply might have huge mounds of suitable wood chips, mulch, etc. I think a yard covered with mulch would be better than dirt.

You could have it delivered by truck, wheel barrow it into the back yard and spread it out. You pay by the cubic yard and for delivery, it shouldn't be too much. Also you need to figure out how many cubic yards to cover the yard.

elementx440 06-01-2007 05:46 PM

I HAVE a huge mound of pine mulch from when my trees were cut down... i'll look into it.

handy man88 06-01-2007 08:45 PM

Be wary, pine is a termite's favorite treat.

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