Q Katjy • August 11 Will this eco grass do well in SE Virginia's Coastal plain, zone 7B/8 in full sun?
A Prairie Moon • August 13 Hi. We have a US map loaded in the photo roll. SE VA is in the 'tan' area; it could work but not in dry soils.
Q Kayce • August 17 Hello, I have somewhat large areas of dead grass on a 1 acre property that I would like to grow the eco grass in. My question is, Will The dead grass need to be removed before seeding?
A Prairie Moon • August 19 Hi Kayce. Yes, Eco-Grass should have a clean slate to start. Remove existing weeds AND the weed seed bank. Seed needs to make good soil contact to germinate and there should not be existing lawn grass or weed competition during the establishment season.
Q Tia • April 6 How does this ecograss hold up to heavy dog traffic, poop, and urination? I have 2 large dogs that have decimated the one patch of lawn I need for their "business." And if the ecograss can be used in this space, what additional type of preparation needs to be done? Should the dogs be kept off for a specific amount of time after seed is spread? I need something that won't die as easily and prevent the big muddy mess we are currently dealing with.
A Prairie Moon • April 7 Hi Tia,
Unfortunately, not many natural turf grasses can withstand the high nitrogen and/or acidity of dog urine. If your dog makes those brown spots in your current lawn, it will likely make them in Ecograss as well. One solution is to water the area heavily to dilute the urine. Most of the time, overseeding these spots becomes a burden.
EcoGrass does not hold up to heavy foot traffic well. If pets or people walk or run the same area every day, a wear and tear will be noticeable with trampled grass and eventually bare spots.
Q Alex • April 12 What's the best way to create a "prepared site" for planting? I have a quarter acre and am hesitant to use an herbicide.
A Prairie Moon • April 13 Hi Alex. Preparing a 1/4 acre for seeding could be difficult IF you have a heavy weed problem AND you don't want to use herbicides. Alternate methods would be smothering with tarps for 1+ year, sod removal, or repeated, shallow tilling. Search "site prep" on our website to read a blog on methods for preparing a site for a prairie seeding. You can follow this advice for Eco-Grass as well.
Q Susanne • April 26 I want to sow a nurse crop with my eco-grass. What do you recommend and at what rate should I sow it?
A Prairie Moon • April 27 Hi Susanne,
Unless you have a steep slope, adding in a nurse crop is not typically needed or recommended. If you need to add a nurse crop in, we recommend using ½ lb. of Rye for every lb. of Eco-Grass.
Q Arlene • August 3 Hi. I'm considering the Eco-Grass for a sloped area that was recently regraded and is just covered by some straw at the moment. Should I clear off all of the straw (along with any weeds that have started to show up) before seeding? Should I cover the Eco-Grass seeds with anything to protect them from erosion until they are established? Thanks!
A Prairie Moon • August 4 Hi Arlene,
Yes, you should clear the straw and weeds from the site before planting in order to ensure the seed makes good contact with the soil. You could re-cover the seed with the straw to help with erosion on a mild slope. Otherwise, you could sow the eco-grass seed along with Annual Rye or oats, which establish faster, to help prevent erosion. Give us a call if you'd like to talk through those options!
Q David • August 20 I’m in the mountains of East Tennessee. I have an area of about 1/3 acre of mountain/riverside land. It’s mostly clay, with some areas having humus or sand mixed in. I need an erosion-control ground cover. Upon recommendation from the local soil conservation people, this spring, I seeded white Dutch clover over annual winter rye , which was seeded last fall. Very little clover came up. Is your eco-grass suitable for this use?
A Prairie Moon • August 23 Hi David,
Eco-grass is a great low-maintenance lawn alternative. Once established, it should prevent erosion qquite well. However, in problem areas where erosion is a serious concern, it is probably not the best choice. Good establishment of Eco-grass requires consistent watering for the first several months. You may want to try a native prairie seed mix that contains Virginia Wild Rye.
Q Theresa • August 23 Would this grass be suitable to grow between raised garden beds; right now the paths are wood chips and too narrow for a lawn mower. I don't want to plant anything in the path that would spread to the garden beds, but wou be softer to walk on than woodchips.
A Prairie Moon • August 25 Hi Theresa,
Yes, that sounds like a great place for Eco-grass! We do recommend you mow it (weed whip it) at least once in the late fall and rake up the clippings so that it comes up nicely in the spring.
Q Eric • September 2 I live in Massachusetts, just south of your ideal region. Specifically, we're in Plymouth, a mile from the ocean. Our soil is sandy, and we're in a wooded lot, with plenty of shade. I love the way your grass looks. Any chance Eco-Grass might take hold here and thrive? Thanks in advance.
A Prairie Moon • September 3 Hi Eric,
That is tough to say. It probably depends how dry the soil is and how shady it is. If the soil is too dry, or if there is more than 70% shade, the Eco-Grass may struggle. There is certainly a chance that it would do fine though.
Q Elaine • September 21 What is the right planting depth for the eco grass seed?
A Prairie Moon • September 21 Hi Elaine, Eco-Grass can be surface-sown on bare soil and raked in. The seed should be barely covered after raking in; you should be able to see the seed showing through.
Q Michelle • February 22 Greetings,
Do you know if anyone has tried Eco-Grass on grassed waterways or terraces in farm fields? Or, in vegetated buffers around farm fields and access areas?
A Prairie Moon • February 23 Eco-grass cannot tolerate standing water or overly saturated soils. It makes a great buffer as we have the Eco-grass planted around some of our production fields here at Prairie Moon. Just remember that it cannot take extremely wet soils so if you plan to have it as a buffer around crops that receive daily water, it might not hold for long.
Q Charles • August 28 Does the 5lbs/1000sqft recommendation apply to overseeing as well as new lawns?
A Prairie Moon • August 29 Hi Charles - if you are sowing over an established Eco-Grass planting, that seeding rate can be decreased by about half.
Q Heather • September 11 Does this grass need fertilizer, like upon seeding it or yearly once established? If so, how frequently, and would any grass fertilizer work?
A Prairie Moon • September 12 Hi Heather. Eco-Grass does not require fertilizer, but it will give the lawn an extra boost. A "Fall" application of slow-release fertilizer is preferred; it has a higher amount of potassium which encourages root development. If using fertilizer, it would be better to use it in the beginning or developmental year(s) of your Eco-Grass site. Once established, Eco-Grass will not need fertilizer treatments; if spots begin to look worn or sparse, an over-sowing of more Eco-Grass in those areas would be beneficial.
Q Celia • September 14 If sowing in the early fall, what is the best way to manage leaves which fall on it without disturbing the new grass/seeds?
A Prairie Moon • September 15 Good question, Celia. If there's only a thin layer of leaves, it is ok to "leaf" them there :-) If the leaves are thick enough to mat and smother the new grass, you will want to use a leaf blower or very gently rake the leaves away.
Q Kristy • September 18 I killed off a large patch of Zoysia grass using multuple applications of Round Up last year and this year. A lot of crabgrass grew in and took over. That has since been killed off but the dead plants remain. Can I put Eco-Grass seed down as is (with the dead crabgrass and zoysia in place) or do I need to remove the dead plants prior to seeding?
A Prairie Moon • September 20 Hi Kristy. If the dead plant material is thick enough to form a thatch, you will want to gently rake or clip the dead growth out before sowing your Ecograss. If the dead growth is a sparse layer, it does not need to be removed prior to sowing this fall. If crabgrass is an issue in the site, you may want to consider using a crabgrass germination inhibitor in the spring (after your Ecograss has germinated).