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Jun. 30, 2012, 10:36 AM
Any advice would be appreciated on this- we have a small pasture that we had many loads of clean fill brought in to build it up. We hired a guy to bulldoze and level, unfortunately he kept making excuses and never showed up. So we found a local farmer to do it and he squeezed us in. We had someone to hydroseed but now he says its too dry ( we are weeks behind on this) Is there anything we can do- its like a desert back there but I know weeds will be popping up soon.

As you can guess, we are total rookies.
Any hope?

central NY area

Jun. 30, 2012, 12:06 PM
Unless you have a way to water it, you best option is probably to allow weeds to grow to hold it together, then spray roundup and seed in fall.

Jul. 1, 2012, 11:05 AM
It really depends on your area. Here, you would plant a cover crop sometime late summer or early fall. Then you would plant the appropriate grass seed when that cover crop reaches the appropriate height next spring.

Jul. 1, 2012, 06:25 PM
It all depends on your summer weather conditions. Being in central NY you may have decent rains through out the summer and it may not get too hot and dry for any length of time. If you have lived there for a while you should have a good idea. If not historical weather patterns can be easily researched. The problem with planting grass in late spring or early summer is the fact that it will not have enough time to establish a deep enough root system and become hardy enough to get through periods of hot dry weather. You will get a lot of die off. If not total crop failure. Here is SE PA the best time to plant is early to mid August. It shouldn’t be much different in central NY. Early spring has worked fine for us also. Don’t know anything about hydroseeding other then what it is. The company that does it probably has some sort of guarantee which why they don’t want to do it now. Sounds expensive. You are only working with one acre and if you are drawing from a good well that is not a lot to water and should only take a few wide area sprinklers. It you go that route only water at night use a timer set for a couple of hours. You don’t want to water shallow. Other wise wait until August, kill off what ever is growing, wait the recommended time before seeding. If you have access to a drag and a broadcast seed spreader I am sure you could do it a lot cheaper then hydroseeding. Drag the area to be seeded so as to break up the dirt, seed with a good pasture mix and I always go heavier then the recommended. Drag again to get the seeds covered and then roll. It is important for the seeds to have good contact with dirt. But I have gotten very good results without rolling. I should think the equipment needed can be rented. Most farms have these things and we are only talking 1 acre so maybe able to find a farmer for a lot less then hydroseeding. I should not take longer then a hour or two.

D Taylor
Jul. 1, 2012, 07:49 PM
There is time for a late summer/fall seeding. These are risky for if winter returns quickly then the seeding tends to fail with winter kill off. Rewarding however if a long perfect fall and mild winter. The payoff in the spring is big!

It is only an acre so what the heck....go for it. Not like your breaking the bank if it fails.

You can use pesticides like roundup to kill off weeds prior to seeding. Or you can have the farmer disc those weeds under. Your choice. Seeding - tons of newly developed varieties out there to give you a quick green up this fall and regreen in the spring....only to give out to better pasture blends as the spring progresses. So chat with a good farmer (dairymen are excellent walking forage encyclopedias) or a crop specialist in your area to get the 411 on what best would work for you. Assuming you want for horses...be sure you say that to them.

Right now the smartest thing to do is get a soil sample in for testing.

Jul. 2, 2012, 10:05 AM
Thanks, everyone, for the advice.

Jul. 2, 2012, 10:36 AM
Sine it varies region to region I suggest you contact your local Agricultural agent for some free (and usually VERY good) advice. :D