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We just moved into this house in June and the yard had not been maintained for years, it's really nothing but weeds. We've been planning on tilling it up and seeding this month, but we really wanted to plant a drought-tolerant grass like buffalo or bermuda. We're in south-central Kansas and it gets pretty hot and dry here in the summer.<br><br>
What I'm wondering is if warm season grass seed will even take this late in the season. We have some dirt work (minor grading) that needs to be done and I want to do it now while the ground is soft and the weather is cool. We just had some nice rain a few days ago. I'm thinking of doing the dirt work this fall and perhaps planting some kind of cover grass (annual?) to keep the weeds at bay until spring. Does anyone have any ideas?
 

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For this area, when we do seeding on jobs (Dh does landscaping) we sow more than one type of seed at a time. For instance, we often sow combinations like annual rye WITH the perennial grass like bermuda. In your area, the rye may die in the winter so you would want to contact a landscaping company OR a garden center that sells grass seed for more info. My dh often sows carpet grass with centipede.<br><br>
The carpet grass germinates and grows more quickly. This will prevent weeds from getting too established and will keep soil from eroding. IN the meantime, the centipede will have a chance to take hold and it will eventually crowd out the carpet grass.<br><br>
Fall is a better time to do this as summers make it hard to keep seeds and seedlings moist enough.<br><br>
Understand that you are going to have weeds with your seeded lawn unless you use a ton of chemicals. Your dirt has seeds and tilling will bring dormant seeds to the surface where they can germinate. Bringing soil in may also introduce weeds as well because that soil will carry seeds too. You want to make sure that you get enough grass seed down that it can grow quicker than the weeds. THis is another advantage to planting in the fall because most weeds are annuals and will not survive a winter if they can germinate in the fall.<br><br>
My climate is very different from yours so I would definitely check out which two types of seed you should plant and sow them together not one behind the other.<br><br>
Ohh your county extension agent should be able to advise you on grass types. I will say this about bermuda grass tho, we have it and it is H*LL on garden beds. I like that it does not get very tall and has a nice color BUT it is incredibly invasive. We are always making new garden beds and that stuff perpetually creeps in overnight making edging a real nightmare and constant chore.
 

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Thanks for the reply. I've been to our extension office and I'm feeling a bit frustrated with the advice I'm getting. Everyone tells me we can't have grass without automatic sprinklers (not an option for us) and we shouldn't plant a warm season grass because it won't stay green as long in the fall. I'm determined not to spend a fortune watering our lawn.<br><br>
I was concerned about the bermuda being too agressive. I think buffalo grass might be our best bet for this area. I will ask about seeding it at the same time as some annual grass.<br><br>
The trend in our neighborhood is to put in sprinklers and put down sod (usually fescue) and then water the heck out of it all summer, so we're definitely going against the grain here.<br><br>
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It is doable, you may want to use some above ground sprinklers to get the grass established.<br><br>
Have you tried contacting a xeriscaping company?? You probably will not have one local but I know there are LOTS in Colorado. Do a search on xeriscaping and lawns to see what you can find.<br><br>
The bermuda is aggressive but impossible to kill.<br><br>
I do not know much about your grasses in your climate. More power to ya for not wanting to waste water.
 

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Try calling High Country Gardens, 1-800-925-9387, <a href="http://www.highcountrygardens.com" target="_blank">www.highcountrygardens.com</a> . They sell a lot of xeriscape and low water-need plants, including buffalo grass. They sell the seeds as well as plugs. They should have a lot of good recimmendations for you (don't let the name turn you off -- they have plants and advice for all western gardeners, and for most of the rest of the country, too). Now, they do recommend using Round Up before seeding a lawn, but I'm sure they'll have some other good recommendations, and you can just take what advice seems reasonable to you and leave the rest.<br><br>
Chanley, would it work for Kayjayjay to cover the dirt with black plastic for a week or two before seeding to kill the weed seeds? It's just a thought that occured to me, but I don't know if it would work -- figured you might know.<br><br>
Christie<br><br>
ETA: Congratulations, Chanley on the birth of your boy!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/partytime.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="partytime"> I'm amazed you're back to the boards so soon.
 

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Thanks ChristieB...I'll check out that link. We have a very huge yard and we want to do as much low maintenance landscaping as we can and cut down on the amount of grass. I plan on preparing some beds and covering them with a weed barrier for the winter (we have weeds everywhere).<br><br>
I'm sure we'll have to water to get everything established...I just don't want to water every other day all summer long like my neighbors do.<br><br>
Thanks again for the help, I'll let you know how it goes.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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