Starting new lawn - Knowledgebase Question

staten island, Ne
Question by arizona94n
September 13, 2010
Hello. I just cut down an oak tree in my yard and would like to cover the roots with soil and then put down seed. First I am not so sure what type of seed to put I live in Staten Island ,NY, The area gets 4-6 hrs of sun and a lot of abuse.
What type of grass should I plant, till when could I do it and also should I get rid of the wood chips before doing this? Thank you very much!


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Answer from NGA
September 13, 2010

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Covering the roots of the oak tree won't keep them from sprouting suckers so your best course of action is to have both the stump and the main roots ground down and removed from the area. Rake out the wood chips to the best of your ability. Once you've done that you can work some compost into the soil, level it and broadcast your grass seed. You can plant Kentucky Bluegrass or Perennial Rye - or a combination of the two. Best wishes with your new lawn.

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