Drought Tolerant Turf Replacement

richardnewcombFebruary 28, 2007

I plan to replace approx 4000sf of established bluegrass turf with drought tolerant grass. My research to date indicates that Sodar Streambank Wheatgrass would be a good choice for my location (Pocatello, ID, 4,450ft, 10" - 15" rain). I plan to use roundup, rototill, add nitrogen, and seed my first 1000sf plot this spring. If that goes well the remainder will be converted next year. I also have 4 acres of native hilly terrain currently populated with sagebrush, some type of bunch grass, lots of thistles and a wide variety of other weeds that I hope to work on over time.

Advice/suggestions would be welcome.

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adp_abq(7b NM)

Good choice on seed for your area. Don't rototil. You'll just bring up weed seed and a bumpy lawn as it settles. If you can, rent a slit seeder and seed your streambank wheatgrass with it. Also if you're planning on using fertilizer to get the seeds going , then something low in nitrogen and higher in phosporus would be better as phosphorus helps establish roots in the seedlings. Fertilizer vendors label it as 'starter fertilizer'.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2007 at 2:39PM
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