New lawn, Can't seed..what to do

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by jbbarnett, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. jbbarnett

    jbbarnett LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    I just acquired some property that borders my home. The land needed mass excavation, etc… which is now completed. I am planning on testing the soil, etc… and treating so that it is healthy and ready for the fall seeding. What can I do in the meantime to keep weeds, etc… from over taking the freshly excavated land?
    I have fescue in my lawn, and would like to have fescue on this property as well, but I know that I need to wait a couple months before seeding fescue. What should I do to care for this land so that it doesn't erode, etc… but will be ready and weed-free when time to seed fescue?
  2. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,372

    I would treat with round up on a as needed basis until your ready. You can also cover with straw or hay to keep the erosion to a minimum
    easy-lift guy
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2012
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Annual Rygrass can germinate in 5 days and will make excellent cover for your Fescue when you're ready to go...
  4. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,651

    Where are you located, around zone 7 it is way to hot to plant much sees right now. Let crabgrass come up if there is any. I understand your concern with erosion
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  5. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,763

    Why, because it will mostly die? So what? He just needs a cover crop.
    Preferably one that will die over winter.
    Annual rye is a great suggestion.
    Or roll out burlap to prevent erosion.

    Profile says North Alabama. That would make it zone 7 or 8. Same as me.
  6. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,651

    Annual rye thrives in the cool weather. It will germinate and die in a week. Why waste the $. Annual rye is usually used to keep turf green in the winter
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