I'm still hoping to avoid breaking up what little sod I have so I was wondering if the groundhod raddish like these http://www.deerseeds.com/content/forage-radish-8-pounds-12-acre could do the job if I were to just spread a light coat of topsoil rake them in
anyone have some experience to offer?
You might try lightly spreading wood chips on top of the grass and mulching the grass when you mow. A thin layered compost pile. Cutting the grass high helps hold in some moisture and dew. Some people use charred wood, sphagnum pete moss, vermiculite, perlite, to absorb water. I have not tried any of those yet, but have not had a problem with Saint Augustine growing into newly opened up areas or places I have put wood chips or mulch.
Sure others have more experience in the area.
I think woodchips would help clover more than grass, for what it's worth.
And also tell us what are your intention with that soil/surface. You want to grow something in it? You want lawn? Pasture?
this area is my "ballroom" about 50 by 70 foot with pretty heavy sitting strolling and hanging out with my buddies kinda foot traffic
There are some good tips in lawn care forum here at permies.
Maybe here is something interesting for you. Just as an idea, so you can look for more info online.
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I'm not sure sand will deter the chickens from eating the seeds. Seedballs might be more effective at that. If you don't care about purely organic methods, perhaps some generic grape drink flavoring powder would help, too: I hear birds hate the odor of concord grapes, which is the synthetic flavoring that would be in such a product.
brice Moss wrote:
I checked the designers manual and it recomends 4" of sand over the top to take care of heavy clay, but I'm afraid I cant afford that much I am considering spreading a mix of forage mix and perenial rygass seed then raking 1-2" of sand over it to keep teh bloody chickens from eating all the seeds
clay + sand = concrete. that would be a mistake.
you need organic matter. the grass & clover suggestion sounds good.