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    New Member BigJim's Avatar
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    Default What Ground Cover?

    As you can see in the attached "before" and "after" images, I've completed the first phase of my orchard restoration project. This roughly one-acre plot used to be an orchard 60 years ago, but had long suffered neglect to the point where it was nothing but thorn trees, mulberries and brush. About two month's worth of weekends with a JD 49 backhoe on a JD 5425 took care of that.

    Anyway, after removing the trees, I was left with a hard packed mess of craters. Last weekend, I borrowed my neighbor's 10' disc harrow and drug it around for about 90 minutes to break up the packed clay and to smooth things out a little bit. The area is looking much nicer now, but I still have a little more work to do with a rear blade and the FEL in order to completely smooth out the high and low spots. I should be able to get that done this weekend; after that I plan to disc it once more.

    What I'm worried about is the wind blowing all my dirt away during the hot, dry summer. It's too late in the year to plant cool-season pasture grasses, which is what I eventually want to do, but I would really like to find something that will grow quickly and hold the dirt in place until next spring.

    Can anyone suggest something that I can plant that will come up right away and tolerate the heat and drought that summer is sure to bring? I'm hoping we'll get a few more rains between now and then, but come July, it's sure to be hot and dry. Any advice on what and how to plant would be greatly appreciated.
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    Platinum Member BarryinMN's Avatar
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    Default Re: What Ground Cover?

    Timothy hay or Rye are fast growing but the best answer is stop in your local Co-Op that sells seed. They can fix you up with seed and a planter rental, this is not their first mid-season hold the soil till next year project.
    Veneer Tree Farmer

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    Default Re: What Ground Cover?

    I agree that a talk with the extension agent is the way to go. There are just too many regional differences to use internet suggestions.

    If you don't have one, make up a drag with an old log, tires, fence, RR track or what ever you can get your hands on to pull around on that loose dirt. It will do wonders for smoothing out the area before seeding.

    MarkV

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