It has been a long time in the making but the late season rains and the warmer-than-normal fall temperatures have produced a nice crop of new grass in Sycamore Hill and the Sundial Gardens. (If you missed the earlier blog check out the post from September 16th).
The target of this project was wiregrass; it is a tenacious grass and required 3 sprayings in late summer to assure it was killed. Then our patience had to kick in, waiting for some rain.
And we waited.
And people were curious and questioning.
And we waited some more.
And then it rained.
The contractor we hired to work on this project, Wilcox Landscaping, prepped the area first, using a tractor with an attachment to lightly rough up the wiregrass and soil.
A second piece of equipment went over the already tilled areas and, like a “grass vacuum cleaner” gathered the loosened grass.
Truckloads of compost were brought, providing a good medium for grass seed germination. We also used this opportunity to level out the ground for a move even mowing and walking surface.
The rains were a little slow and sparse in helping to water the seed in but seeing the green now makes that an almost distant memory. Any areas that might need a little over seeding will be done in the spring but the green that is there now is a sight for sore eyes!