Reclaiming an area that used to be brush - How to prepare for seed?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by bdoss123, Jul 8, 2007.

  1. bdoss123

    bdoss123 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 131

    Hey folks, I'd like a little input on my situation.

    I moved into a house last year that had a severely overgrown strip of brush on the back of the property. It's a .5 acre lot, and this area occupied approx the back 10% of it. I believe most of it was thick privet and honeysuckle, some were saplings some were full grown trees.

    I would like to annex as much of this area as possible in order to enlarge my back yard. I know that I won't be able to get within 10 ft of the fence line due to roots from larger trees on my neighbors property.

    I do think though, that I can gain a ~15-20ft wide strip of grass, since the soil isn't full of roots and seems to be good soil.

    I plan to aerate/slitseed the entire lawn this fall, so I am asking what steps I should take to make this strip more suitable for grass.

    Any help greatly appreciated.

    - BD
  2. boats47

    boats47 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 244

    Get a bushhog and mow everything down to ground, spray with non selective herbicide, rotor-till or use a harley rake to reincorporate the soil, hydroseed the area thick and stay on top of weed control until the turf is established.

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