Access Roads

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  1. nchunter1989

    nchunter1989 Member

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    Looking for some input on our roads. Wanting to get some grass growing on them, for erosion control & ease of access (cutting down noise) accessing our stands. Not concerned about planting an attractant.

    I'm looking at Ryegrass or Bahia, or should I just spray the trails good with 24D & see what comes up naturally? Right now these areas have very little grass & mostly have had broadleave weeds & briars before they were bush hogged.
     
  2. THE LLC

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    See what comes up naturally after bushhogging. Wait on that before you spray.
     
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    They were bush hogged 2-3yrs ago, ran a brush cutter through it last year. So far nothing but briers & dog fennel trying to fill the void.


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    Keep mowing.
     
  5. Drycreek

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    If I had it to do over, I would have NOT graveled mine. I would have planted it in common bermuda grass. It's very drought resistant and requires less mowing.

    Behia grass is the invention of Satan !
     
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    Yeah looks like I’ll be spraying good this year & early next spring.. with a baby on the way my budget for renting equipment is dwindling quick like.


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    Ryegrass is a good access road/ trail planting. It's easy to establish, will keep coming back, can be mowed or not mowed, deer won't eat it unless starving, tends to smother weeds, and is readily available. I woudln't spray unless as a last resort to be able to get through.
     
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    common bermuda,however is immortal

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  10. Drycreek

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    Dang near ! I notice how quiet it is when I'm on my golf cart at night while hog hunting vs. weed stalks that crunch under my tires. You can mow that behia and three days later it needs mowing again !
     
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    I had thought of rye grass,heard it should establish fairly easy with overseeding throw & spray.


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    The neatest feature of ryegrass is the fact that deer don't go for it, therefore it's the optimal planting for access trails that you plan to walk or drive regularly. For wide deer trails or habitat roads I'd do some kind of white clover,
     
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    I used perennial rye grass on a dirt road with a slight 150 foot hill that gets driven on l where I was having erosion problems. There was a 4 inch rain in an hour last year and that put a gully in the middle of the road. I had to keep from driving on that spot for the period it took for the rye grass to get established. It came in real good and was a much cheaper fix than a 14 cubic yard dump truck full of road gravel.
     
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