I used to work with a landscaper back in high school. Friends of mine
just built a house, the builder planted grass but it seems the snow
killed it all. All that is coming up are weeds. They have almost no
money so I was thinking of trying to do it for them as a late "home
warming" gift. I live in the North East US, Vermont to be exact. What
types of grass should I be looking at to buy? They live in a wooded
area, but the areas where there should be "lawn" get a good deal of sun.
Are there any websites out there dedicated to helping people like me
know what is needed to get started? I used to just be told to "do this"
and I did it like a good worker bee. the lawn area is relatively small,
1/4 of an acre, maybe a half acre. The area keeps moist pretty well.
They have a brook that was rerouted around the land, so it is well
I would suggest a dwarf tall fescue and blue grass mix. Check out
seedland.com, they have a lot of good info. If you have at least 6" of
good soil, it's not compacted, etc, then I'd rent a slice seeder and
use that. Of course, the best time to do this is in the fall, not now.
You're up against a lot of competition from weeds, needing to supply a
lot of water to keep it wet during germination, etc. And it gets worse
in the coming weeks, not better. In late summer/early fall the
conditons are favorable and get better, not worse.
I'd also get the soil tested to make sure the PH is right. In new
construction its not unusual to see it be way off.
I'm an Ohio turfgrass guy only so take this advice for what it's worth.
A ryegrass/fine fescue/bluegrass blend would be what I would try there
if your climate is similar to ours. There's variations of that blend
that will work better/worse depending on the environment.
It wouldn't be a bad idea to send away a soil sample to see what is
up with your dirt for starters.
There's a multitude of seed blends to choose from out there but I'd
strongly suggest you to beware of too much annual seed in the mix.
Turf type tall fescue rocks in full sun btw.
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