Grass in an old hayfield

Discussion in 'Name This Plant' started by jlane35, May 31, 2022.

  1. jlane35

    jlane35 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    708
    Likes Received:
    527
    Location:
    NEPA
  2. MarkDarvin

    MarkDarvin Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,412
    Likes Received:
    1,321
    Location:
    ND and Northern MN
    Looks like brome grass.
     
  3. jlane35

    jlane35 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    708
    Likes Received:
    527
    Location:
    NEPA
    Do you think I could get some pollinators to grow in it by fall broadcasting? Or would I need to kill it off first?
     
  4. MarkDarvin

    MarkDarvin Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,412
    Likes Received:
    1,321
    Location:
    ND and Northern MN
    I don't know much about brome to be honest. I know it makes great hay and it's common in ditch mixes where I grew up. I wouldn't kill it. That could touch off the weed apocalypse next year. What I would try, is coming in with some durable flowers like red clover, white clover, and hairy vetch. I'd try throw and mow on it late in the season, like 4 weeks before frost.

    It likely won't be great, but I've seen hairy vetch muscle its way into my quackgrass like a boss, and that stuff flowers all season it seems. The white clover and red clover could/should start showing up in clumps.

    My lawn at the cabin was solid untouched quackgrass when I got there. I got to work clearing trees, pulling stumps, and put in the cabin. To make my lawn, I picked up the sticks and just started mowing the quack grass. I never planted anything, or amended anything. I just mowed what God gave me. That was 5 years ago. Today, my lawn is a destination clover plot for the neighborhood deer as it seems it's almost 50% white clover. There wasn't a blade of clover until I got to mowing and mowing.
     
  5. T-Max

    T-Max Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    614
    Likes Received:
    576
    Location:
    Kansas - Zone 5b
    It's definitely a cool season grass. Ours goes dormant in the hot summer months after we cut it and plenty of native forbs pop up then. If you don't plan on haying it, you could mow it late spring/early summer and see what happens.
     
  6. jlane35

    jlane35 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    708
    Likes Received:
    527
    Location:
    NEPA
    There is a decent amount of milkweed throughout and a nice patch of blackberries. But I don’t recall anything ever growing after it was hayed years ago.

    Mowing it early summer would help other species grow?
     

    Attached Files:

  7. Mennoniteman

    Mennoniteman Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,352
    Likes Received:
    4,007
    Location:
    Huntingdon Co. PA
    Hardiness Zone:
    6a
    I'd broadcast a broadleaf seed mix of whatever I want to grow next like vetch, buckwheat, clover or brassica, mow low on top of the broadcasting, wait 2 days and then spray with clethodim and roundup.
     
    jlane35 likes this.

Share This Page

Members Online Now

  1. cutman,
  2. onlybrowning,
  3. Borderjumper,
  4. CodyK9
Total: 76 (members: 4, guests: 10, robots: 62)
(moderators are listed in blue)