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Discussion Board - Is Draught Grass Dead?

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07-22-2012 15:37:21

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Probably a dumb question. With the lack of rain most of the summer, can I just plow the grass under rather than spraying with glyphosate? Round up won't do much good if it's not growing, but will it come back in the spring if I plant wheat in September? This is a new field, mostly quack and spotted knap weed.


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07-25-2012 21:06:15

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 Re: Is Draught Grass Dead? in reply to fergienewbee, 07-22-2012 15:37:21  
Right now DO NOT plow as all that will do is give you a dust bowl if it gets windy. As dry as it is the last thing you want to do is remove any thing that holds the top soil in place. That was the problem back in the 30s with the dust bowl years they plowed instead of letting thing sit till it got to the point they had rain

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07-23-2012 16:57:58

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 Re: Is Draught Grass Dead? in reply to fergienewbee, 07-22-2012 15:37:21  
Plow it let lay till spring and plant beans or corn. Wheat would be a poor choice with that much grass.Jim

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07-22-2012 16:24:19

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 Re: Is Draught Grass Dead? in reply to fergienewbee, 07-22-2012 15:37:21  
Give it a chance. Most turf grass"s will go dormant, turn brown and just lay there until conditions improve. My yard looked the color of a McDonalds french fry until we had 2"+ inches of rain over 48 hours last week. It"s not "spring green" yet, but it looks entirely different now. We were bone dry since mid April.

I do have one patch of grass that lays over an old abandon septic tank. That grass died due to excessive heat that apparently built up during a 12 day stretch where we saw daytime highs stay between 100 and 107 degrees. It is NOT greening after the rain.

In any event, I wouldn"t plow up what you have now. If you plan on replanting, I"d wait until fall, when you have some promise of rains and temps that would allow new grass to germinate and grow. Plow now and you"ll have nothing but dust for the next couple months. (IF you can even get a plow in the ground)

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07-22-2012 15:58:17

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 Re: Is Draught Grass Dead? in reply to fergienewbee, 07-22-2012 15:37:21  
If you can get a plow in the ground start plowing,

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