New Construction. (How to start new lawn)

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by roxy2273, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. roxy2273

    roxy2273 LawnSite Member
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    Hello,
    If anyone could guide me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it.

    I live in New Jersey, and my yard was hydro-seeded and covered with hay last Oct. The only shade my yard has is from the house. I recently installed an irrigation system throughout the yard.

    The grass right now appears to be a small amount of Tall Fescue, with the majority being some type of rye. Come Sept/Oct. I plan on reseeding, which leads me to my questions.

    1) What type of seed mix would you recommend? (Is a turf farms mixture any better then store brands)
    2) Do I need to get kill the rye grass I have now, if so how?
    3) What should I use to thatch and seed the yard? (Thick bed of old hay still lays on the yard)

    Thanks,
    New Lawn Site Member
     
  2. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Posts: 2,214

    90% fescue 10%bluegrass
    Annual Rye will die off in the summer sun, perennial--just mow close
    Just use a contractor rake and move it to the side you may can reuse it
     
  3. roxy2273

    roxy2273 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    Thanks for your help.
     
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,082

    Another possibility is to spray the perennial rye if you don't like it as a permanent grass, and slit seed in the new blend you do like.
     

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