can i plant a temporary grass cover end of june

lily603(6)June 20, 2014

dug out a pachysandra bed. it fronted some junipers next to house. I now have a vacant dirt bed ripe for weeds. it's about 20 long by 5 ft deep. is there something I can plant there til sept when I can start grass. if I put down preen now, how long is it in the soil?

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yardtractor1

Can I plant a temporary grass cover end of June until September? Yes.
and wish you hadn't? No!

Just mow it and level it and wait until mid August. Then Round Up and seed.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 11:55PM
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dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

Any turf grass seed you put down now would have to be bermuda. In zone 6, depending on where you live, even that might not work. Fescue and Kentucky bluegrass are sure to die in the summer heat leaving you with crabgrass.

I would be inclined to put a few inches of mulch in there until late August when the summer heat starts to break. Then pull the mulch out and seed the grass. The mulch will do more for your soil than anything else you could do.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 12:34PM
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yardtractor1

I like that suggestion.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 12:59PM
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lily603(6)

me too...plus I don't have to work in hot sun! and remember to water twice/day. thanks for info

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 8:19PM
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