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watering new grass on clay slope, ideas, thoughts welcome

Old 10-24-20, 07:40 AM
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watering new grass on clay slope, ideas, thoughts welcome

I killed all entire yard with round up, now I have the grass is 1-2 inches. A couple of surprises

1) I didn't water at all in one area and hardly ever got rain. Grass is still growing. I wonder if that's due to the clay retaining moisture?

2) I don't know how often to water. Lots of contradictions. Because the ground seems to be wet (maybe because of clary) 2-3 days after watering I'm considering scaling back to just feeling/testing the soil and waiting until it's dry to water again

3) in the areas that didn't grow I'm thinking of putting down sod. what do you think about that?

Just looking for input and thoughts
Old 10-24-20, 12:19 PM
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Did you put down straw over the new seed, that is needed to help keep the seed moist so it germinates, it also helps reduce the watering since it retains moisture.

Sod is good, more expensive, but instant.

Be sure to keep the green side up!!!!
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You don't say anything about the slope but I assume it's not severe and the seed's not just washing away, Try adding a layer of compost.
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The more the grass grows in, the less often you water but for longer periods of time so the water soaks deep into the ground to encourage the roots to grow the same. With clay, core aeration should be a maintenance item on your list. Keep in mind that sod is not a silver bullet - it requires just as much prep as seed.
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Once in awhile, get a sharp round shovel and dig down 6 inches or so, twice, on opposite sides........ and pull out the plug to see soil profile. You can put it back in, stomp with your foot....and no trace of digging.

What is the slope ? If water runs off, you can adjust your watering schedule for a few minutes and water 2-3 times spaced out an hour or so.
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For planting grass seed on a slope, the easiest thing to do is put down seed,
THEN spread some grass clippings over top.
That helps retain moisture, deters the birds from eating the seeds, and helps to physically prevent the bare slope from developing gulleys due to erosion.

Simply raking up after mowing tall grass should give enough clippings, a bagger is easier, or just wait a few days when everybody throws away their decorative straw bales, then re-seed and put down the straw.

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