There is an area on a steep slope where I need grass to grow. I
planted seed two years ago and it is now established but there is a
very steep area (too steep to operate a lawn mower easily) about 60 x
5 feet that needs seeding. How should this be re-seeded without rain
washing it down the hill? I don't have a choice of another ground
cover, and I need to use the same seed as the rest of the lawn. Do
those seeding mats work well to control washing out?
Try aerating extensively, then watering, then seeding. The holes from
aerating should give you a place where the seeds can avoid being washed
away. So they clump. Give extra water (a real must on a slope) so the
clumps are induced to spread.
Any chance you could re-negotiate with the *U^Y%$)_+ who would not
accept advice on sturdy ground cover?
(Unless you have already done the following: <g>) Print out in
polite, modified form the excellent comments in this thread.
Possibly show him "evidence" from a good gardening book.
Somehow get him to accept that a sturdy ground cover is
both aesthetically pleasing and in his long-range interest.
Years ago I had to seed a sloping area of sandy soil. I laid cheese cloth
down over the area that I had seeded. The new grass easily sprouted
through the cheese cloth and the cheese cloth eventually rotted away.
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
Hi!, it is difficult to give any meaningful advice not knowing what
kind of grass you are talking about, and where you are located, but
here is an opinion, you might consider.
First the burlap or the seeding mats, will probably create problems
down the road(my opinion). I have noticed the highway department,
when seeding very steep inclines simply seeds and then puts thin layer
of straw over the area. They use a shredder to cut the straw into
small clippings and then blow it over the area.
Another method is called Plugging or Sprigging. In the spring you
can buy mats of grass(much like carpet) at your local garden center.
You can cut these into squares and set them out on the slope, much as
you would ground cover. Or you can create your own sprigs by starting
the grass elsewhere and after it is established, transplant it to the
Hope this helps- -The Oldtimer
Why? I've used for years to keep birds away from seed, and to keep heavy
rains from splattering the seed into clumps. Once the grass starts growing,
the burlap always lifts off easily without disturbing anything.
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