Green Manure/Cover Crop

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by sparking, Oct 3, 2003.

  1. sparking

    sparking LawnSite Member
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    Hi There!

    I have an area that I am in the EARLY stages of landscaping (no plan yet). :)Since winter is almost on us and I ran out of time, I need to throw some seed on it for erosion control.
    Thought I can also control weeds some, add nutrients and make it alittle more attractive w/ a green manure such as winter wheat, buckwheat or similiar. Any suggestions?

    This is at a rental so I would like it to look somewhat attractive. I heard winter wheat can be mowed and look as attractive as grass, but that is the reason I have been using round-up and tilling this area-I have too much to mow.

    Thanks,
    Sparking
     
  2. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    If it's not too large an area have you thought about putting mulch on it till spring? Either reuse the mulch after planting or just till it in when ready.
     
  3. sparking

    sparking LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

    Sorry, didn't give enough details in my original post. Also, I refreshed my memory and see buckwheat is a summer crop.

    The area is 12,000 sq ft on loam/sandy soil w/ a slight slope. Looks like winter wheat or winter rye may be the two most commom choices.

    Thanks Again,
    Sparking
     
  4. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    Either will probably do. My personal preference would be rye but thats just me. Don't know how much time you have left, if at all in your neck of the woods for seeding at this point, but others would know better than I would for your area.
     

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