Shade tolerant plots

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  1. Creek chub

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    Good evening gents,

    I started clearing about a 1/2 acre plot late last summer in a laurel thicket. The soil had a low ph of about 5.0 if I remember right. Life got in the way but I dropped a few trees and put down about 240# of lime. I know I need more lime ASAP but what would be a good warm season seed choice for low ph that is shade tolerant?
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    Do some research on buckwheat.
     
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    Ph is prob gonna hurt you more than the shade. Laurel typically indicator of poor acidic soils. I use RC and WW on shaded farm roads planted fall with good results throwing down lime and fert.
     
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    I had great luck with buckwheat in an old pasture but thought it might struggle in shaded areas
     
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    Wonder if I could go heavy on seeding rate next month or so with frost seeding red clover?
     
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    Yep WC and RC frost seeds well Feb thru late march. I've had better luck in mid=late March. Your area prob a little earlier. You can go ahead and throw down 300#/ac 19-19-19 Fert for start and even go ahead with a WR and it will die out mid summer. After establishment, use 0-20-20 . I overseed clover plots each fall with WR or WW.
     
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    I should apply fertilizer when I frost seed? Or wait until it starts sprouting?
     
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    March- may good for Fert. But it won't hurt to do with frost seed if you want, then hit again in fall. Since you wanting to do a spring planting, may need spray with cleth for grasses late April. Fall plantings don't give as much issue with weed and grass in plots. VT does soil tests for free I think if you haven't done one yet , ck with your county agent for supplies.
     
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    I got 300# of lime tonight that I’ll throw down tomorrow. Then I’ll frost seed either red clover or Durana or a combo of both later this month
     

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