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mtholton

5 year old buck +
I had about a quarter acre cleared out in my back yard that was previously woods. Irrigation is getting installed Sept 28th. Has anyone tried planting grass seed this late in the year with luck? I'm in the Twin Cities, MN. I've read mid Sept is the end of the range, but also seen a few things that you might be able to get away with it up to Oct 15th..

Wondering if I try to make a go of it now, or was thinking about doing winter rye as a cover crop and just keeping it mowed and I could terminate in the spring before planting the yard if I go that route... Any experts out there?
 

Hoytvectrix

5 year old buck +
You should be fine for Sept 28th if the weather cooperates. You can get away with up to October 15th, but it depends on the species. What are you planning on planting? I have some recommendations for specific cultivars and species if you would like. Feel free to PM me.
 

J B

5 year old buck +
I’d seed ASAP and mix in oats for a quick cover. They will winter kill, but still hold some soil.
 
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Tree Spud

5 year old buck +
I had about a quarter acre cleared out in my back yard that was previously woods. Irrigation is getting installed Sept 28th. Has anyone tried planting grass seed this late in the year with luck? I'm in the Twin Cities, MN. I've read mid Sept is the end of the range, but also seen a few things that you might be able to get away with it up to Oct 15th..

Wondering if I try to make a go of it now, or was thinking about doing winter rye as a cover crop and just keeping it mowed and I could terminate in the spring before planting the yard if I go that route... Any experts out there?

WR is allelopathic and inhibits the growth of grasses.
 

DJN

5 year old buck +
I agree with Hoyt. You should be able to get germination and some growth hopefully before weather get too ugly. Ryegrass should give you a quick cover. I’d shy away from spreading cereal rye or anything else besides the actual lawn grass you’re looking to have long term.

We’ve also had great results with prepping yards late season (Oct/Nov as weather permits) but not seeding (frost seeding) until early March or so.
 
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