Hello all. My city just put in a sidewalk at the corner of my road
and when construction was finished, they planted grass, I'm assuming
rye grass from all I've been told. It's on a steep hill, and they
covered the seed with hay, and now 2 weeks later the grass is growing
strong. My property is included on this corner, and the last couple
of times I've mowed the grass I left that be. How long should I let
it grow before mowing it, and what do I do about the hay? Do I rake
it? Will that pull out juvenile grass roots?
Thanks all. I have to admit I was worried because this was the first
year I hired a lawn company to take care of my weeds, and I was
afraid that after the work done and grass planted, that this would
introduce new weeds, and I've paid a lot to get rid of them.
Is the rye grass just a cover for REAL grass? We do that at the resort where
I work - looks great, but don't mow until the bluegrass (or whatever) has a
chance to grow from beneath the cosmetic overlay of rye grass. The straw is
to hold in moisture and hold and hide the seed from birds. If they didn't
plant any true lawn seed, now's the time - and keep it watered...
On Mon 27 Aug 2007 12:28:17a, Gizmofiddler wrote in
I don't think they did, though Scott's said they would seed over it.
I can't tell if they did. Newbie homeowner, never cared about my lawn
before, but realizing the necessity of curb appeal now that selling
has slumped. I just want to be ready if I need to sell.
It may or may not be your property. Some places, the city owns the street,
some places, the lots actually run to the centerline of the platted street
(which may not be the same as the paved street), and the street is just on
an easement. Through streets and highways are usually government owned,
subdivisions are usually on easements, in my experience. Only way to know
for sure is dig out your deed and/or the subdivision plat.
But that is in surveying world- here in the real world, unless there is a
defined drainage ditch or right-of-way fence or something, adjacent property
owners are almost always expected to keep the grass mowed right up to the
curb or graveled shoulder. If they hydro-seeded, I'd just let it sit till
grass starts poking through. As the others said, you may wanna scatter some
additional higher-quality seed. Patch areas like that are usually too soft
to mow for first month anyway.
On Sat 08 Sep 2007 09:05:12p, aemeijers wrote in alt.home.repair
It's already hosed. Just by trying to mow it, the rye died and now
it's just bare ground again, with the rock/dirt mixture under the
straw that they tried to hide. The city contractor never came back
to correct the grade after I spoke with them. I wouldn't care much
except that I have erosion problems there anyways, and now it's
going to be worse.
Don't know about you, but I don't have enough years left to waste any of
them cutting grass with hand shears, other than maybe right up against
plants too fragile for weed-wacker. The open parts will get cut mechanically
in some fashion, or not at all.
Ah, but; doing it yourself helps to keep you mobile, fit and active.
Using such things as weedwhackers that I do not understand fully this
side of The Pond, (I guess Strimmer), causes you to fade away :)
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