Thining out woods to plant some grass...

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by shelbymustang616, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. shelbymustang616

    shelbymustang616 LawnSite Member
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    I looked at a job today where a potential client asked about her backyard. We walked back and she showed me her neighbors yard. They had some of the woods thinned out trees no bigger than 4 inch caliper and had grass planted. Im pretty confident about the job but i figure I could thin out some tree to let some light in, remove the stumps and other junk. Once its all cleaned out to prevent new unwanted growth is there anything i can do to prevent that, or should i throw down a layer of topsoil, fertilizer and seed it, any suggestions?
     
  2. Smallaxe

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    It depends a lot on what is growing there now and how much wild weed pressure exists... I would thin and clean up this year and watch it throughout the summer and seed in the fall... Fall is best anyways... :)
     
  3. shelbymustang616

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    Hey Thanks for the reply, good stuff to know, think I could suggest laying sod?
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  4. Smallaxe

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    The area would have to be clean, loose soil with enough sun... :)
     
  5. dandd75

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    Also Turf Type Tall fescue does the best in shade.
     
  6. shelbymustang616

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    ok good to know. Should i till the soil or just bring new soil in?
     
  7. Smallaxe

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    If tilling means , busting up a lot of tree roots of living trees then I personally would not till. Those roots would need to be removed. The trees that are still left alive should not have their crowns buried in dirt, but a couple inches over the area should'nt hurt anything... If you could put down straight compost, that would be your best case scenario...
     
  8. shelbymustang616

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    I figured putting down an inch or 2 of soil, seeding and starter fertilizer then straw. Does anyone have other suggestions or seed they have had good experience with.
     
  9. Smallaxe

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    An inch or 2 of good soil is probably adequate... Just don't go wild with ferts and water if there are a number of trees around...

    And mulch mowing is most important in a forestted area... It creates a micro-eco-system that the trees do not allow... :)
     
  10. shelbymustang616

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    mulch mowing?
     

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