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New Construction. (How to start new lawn)

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

  1. roxy2273

    roxy2273 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    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)

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  2. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,239

    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
    Messages: 2

    Thanks for your help.
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 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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