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Drought Tolerant Turf Replacement

Posted by richardnewcomb Idaho Zone 4 (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 28, 07 at 13:58

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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RE: Drought Tolerant Turf Replacement

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'.

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