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Posted: 8/26/2004 6:50:50 PM EDT
If anyone can help, I would appreciate. We recently aquired 5 acres of cornfield and my wife would like to turn it into grass and build a house there sometime. It hasn't been farmed in 2 years and was mostly weeds (4-5 ft tall). I rented a bush hog and knocked everything down, but I don't have the slightest clue what to do next.

Anyone have any suggestions on the process or what equipment to use?

Thanks if you can provide any help.

Link Posted: 8/26/2004 6:51:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/26/2004 6:51:47 PM EDT by sick]
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 6:53:20 PM EDT
Run a 2-3 bottom plow over it, then a good disk to break it back into dirt, instead of clods. Then, simply plant your grass seed.
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 6:54:42 PM EDT

Talk to a local farmer. See if you can work a deal to get it plowed and seeded. Let him have the hay for free until you build.
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 6:54:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sick:


Lease it to a farmer for hay until you're ready to build. You don't really want 5 acres of lawn do you???
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 7:00:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/26/2004 7:01:08 PM EDT by thebeekeeper1]
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 7:04:00 PM EDT
What kind of grass?

When do you plan on bulding the house?

If not anytime soon, who cares if there are weeds on it?

No one wants to see 5 acres of grass and dirt.

Link Posted: 8/26/2004 7:11:31 PM EDT
If the ground is rough you probably should run a disk over it lightly to smooth it out. Spraying with Roundup first is a good idea; for 5 acres you could get someone to spray it for you if you don't want to mess with it.

You can most likely rent a grass drill; perhaps from the local conservation office.
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 8:39:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
If it's grown to weeds you need to spray it with Roundup after it's grown for about a week. It kills everything. You can hire this done--it's not expensive. Then disk and harrow and plant your seed. [/quote

Link Posted: 8/26/2004 8:43:12 PM EDT
Ask Kevin Costner
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 8:45:50 PM EDT
Bulldoze it and lay sod down.
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 8:46:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/26/2004 8:46:57 PM EDT by thebeekeeper1]
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 8:52:31 PM EDT
Ok, first things first:

1. What type of grass AND what is the intended use?
If you want a 5 acre lawn you will be planting turfgrasses that will not work for grazing because of the endophytes in them. If you just want grass so you can keep the broadleaf weeds sprayed out you can plant pasture grasses and either mow it high or as has already been suggested, let someone take it for hay each year until you are ready to do something with it.

If you decide which use it will have you should burn it now that you've mowed it if that is allowed where you live. Then disk/harrow, get a sprout and spray that out, then plant either by drilling in the seed, or broadcasting and rolling it in.

2. If you decide not to plant grass you should at least fallow it by disking or sweep it frequently to keep any weeds from going to seed. That is just being a good neighbor.

Any questions shoot me an email or IM.

Link Posted: 8/27/2004 7:32:59 AM EDT
Probably incredibly expensive but how about hauling in black dirt first?

I think 5 acres is too large of a lawn. Maybe a 1 acre lawn and then plant trees? My grandpa's farm had maybe 1/2 acre of lawn around the farmhouse.

Link Posted: 8/27/2004 7:38:46 AM EDT
I heard tracers work too??
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 7:41:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2004 7:43:03 AM EDT by 338winmag]
1. Wait till next spring, probably around May. You want a growth around 1 foot high.
2. Spray the whole thing with a .5 to .75 percent solution of grazon.
3. Wait 3 weeks.
4. Mow on a regular basis.

This is good training for building a house. You will find that you don't need plans, everyone will tell you how to build it.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 7:42:34 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2004 7:44:01 AM EDT by 96Ag]

Originally Posted By JoeBotz:
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
If it's grown to weeds you need to spray it with Roundup after it's grown for about a week. It kills everything. You can hire this done--it's not expensive. Then disk and harrow and plant your seed. [/quote


The Roundup you buy in the store, if I remember correctly, is about 12 times more expensive than I can get from my ag distributors.

I am not that familiar with Ohio, but if I was here I would plant coastal bermudagrass and cut hay from it until I was ready to build, then I would Roundup an acre sized lot to build on and keep the rest in coastal.

I am a golf course superintendent, so I will tell you that you can keep as big a lawn as you are willing to pay for. But, some specific equipment is helpful with 5 acres. Also if you go to a local golf course ask the superintendent, I am sure he would glad to help.

Link Posted: 8/27/2004 7:47:10 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 7:53:25 AM EDT
I have great luck with perennial ryegrass here-and the weather here is TOUGH on grass.

Bluegrass didn't last long at all and I've never tried bermudagrass.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 8:09:39 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 8:11:37 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2004 8:12:44 AM EDT by M1-Matt]

Daisy Cutter
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 8:53:29 AM EDT
Thank you all for your input. Now I guess I have some decisions to make. It is great to have a board where on e can draw so much information so quickly.

M1-Matt: I thought about a MOAB or Daisy Cutter first. Wright-patterson AFB is only about 15-20 miles away.
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