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Old 05-27-2015, 11:47 PM   #1
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newly cleared area, need some advice.

Hey guys, new user here in need of some assistance...

Well, where to start. Recently we had a decent sized norway pine fall in our yard which prompted this whole mess. After clearing that out, we noticed a few dead birch in the mix so we took those down while we were at it. During this process we decided it would be just oh so AWESOME to have this whole area cleared out for a lawn. Out came the skidsteer and stump grinder and the rest is history. Man, I think I bit off a little more than I can chew here..

Attached are some pictures of my current predicament. One is a somewhat before pic, and the rest is the aftermath. My ideal goal is to get to planting grass this fall, but I am unsure about how I am supposed to prep this soil. Any ideas?

First for grading, I was thinking of taking a piece of chainlink fence, weighing it down, and grading it smooth behind the 4 wheeler. What do you recommend?

Second, there are ROOTS everywhere, which is why ive held off on tilling. Should I till? Hauling in topsoil is the last resort here.

Third, these are all pines in the picture which we all know isnt the best situation for any type of grass. Ive heard that spreading in lime will nuetralize the soil and make for a better growing environment but I am not exactly sure how to apply it or how much it will take.

Im sure theres a lot I missed but thats the gist of it. Thanks alot guys, I really appreciate any help I can get. Today I was out there and must have did about 20 laps around my yard not knowing where to start

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I would start off with the topsoil this will help a lot; the next thing is that I would not expect a great lawn but an acceptable lawn.You will also have problems with the pines sucking up a lot of the moisture in the soil which will stress the turf.I usually just look around the area that has the small type of yard as you and find out what type of grass works for them.
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Old 05-28-2015, 09:53 AM   #3
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Classic 'snow ball' effect.

Hey, it looks good so far. Looks like it's going to turn into a real nice area.

The reason for the roots is because you took off some of the topsoil. As BrownBear suggested, add top soil. Tree roots tend to be very close to the soil surface since that is where the most water is.

If you are concerned about the soil, go buy a soil testing kit. It's actually kind of fun to see what your soil is like. If you have kids, it makes for a good family learning experience.

You didn't list your location, so we don't know your climate. Talk to a local nursery and they will tell you what grasses grow in partial shade....or just do a search online.

You might also want to plant on a stone path....for those rainy days.
Even if you are on the right track, you will still get run over if you just sit there.

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Old 05-28-2015, 04:06 PM   #4
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If this were mine, I'd drag "something" behind the 4-wheeler in order to smooth it as much as possible. Be aggressive and leave the soil loose. Somewhere in that dragging process I'd add quite a bit of lime.

Liberally broadcast a dense-shade mixture of grass.

Drag it in with the chain-link (or whatever you're using). You will not get 100% coverage, but don't worry too much about it.

Water it twice daily until the grass germinates (probably 2-3 weeks), then water it once daily for another month. Then every other day for the rest of the summer.

Your main problem is going to be the residue from the evergreen trees, and the lack of sunshine. Also, your lawn is not going to look awesome right away. This is a several-year process, but it can be done. Good luck!
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