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    Compost is down and now to start tilling. Utilities still not marked but I know where they are enough to stay away from them for now. The worst part will be having to till the compost into the rock hard clay by hand over the utilities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KeyboardJungle View Post
    My biggest challenge has been trying to identify the various grassy weeds so that I can take the right course of action to eliminate them. The annuals are pretty easy to deal with via a pre-emergent, but the perennial grassy weeds are a different story.

    I see that you are in Texas, so a warm season grass may work better than a cool season variety. Check with your ag extension office for advice based on your location within the state. Needless to say, don't go by the marketing pitch that is printed on the bags at the big box stores!

    I have always assumed that seed coating is a sales gimmick that gives you one pound of seed for the price of two, but maybe rpoog can comment?
    I don’t know much about coated seed as we don’t use it where I work. I don’t think it’s necessary though. Best thing to do is seed in the fall and fertilize in the spring that way you get the most growth before the summer heat.
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    I tilled to about 6 inches but it is still like concrete below that. What would anyone here recommend for tilling depth? I can probably get down another 4-6 inches, especially if I were to temporarily remove the tilled soil, till again, and then put the previously tilled soil back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pilot-five View Post
    I tilled to about 6 inches but it is still like concrete below that. What would anyone here recommend for tilling depth? I can probably get down another 4-6 inches, especially if I were to temporarily remove the tilled soil, till again, and then put the previously tilled soil back.
    In my opinion, you should be adequate at the 4 - 6". You just want it loose so the seed can take root and, with as hard as it in your case, for the roots to achieve some depth. Around here, 3", maybe 4 at the most, is the deepest I'd ever seen grass roots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pilot-five View Post
    I tilled to about 6 inches but it is still like concrete below that. What would anyone here recommend for tilling depth? I can probably get down another 4-6 inches, especially if I were to temporarily remove the tilled soil, till again, and then put the previously tilled soil back.
    Perhaps use a subsoiler to break up the hard pan and improve drainage below the tilled depth? I don't know if this is worth doing, so I'm tossing it out for more knowledgeable folks to comment on.

    I would just put the seed down because the end of the germination window is fast approaching. Besides, with the recent MD weather, excess water hasn't been a problem.
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    Decided to redo the lawn

    Utilities were finally marked after a week so I could get as close to the lines with the tiller. Then graded again with the box blade to make things smooth again.

    Will be able to seed tomorrow! Just have to do some cleanup at the curb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pilot-five View Post
    Will be able to seed tomorrow!
    How well did your seedbed survive the downpour the other day?
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