I practice permaculture so roundup is a big no no.I can think of a way but I don't know how well it'd work for 5 acres.
Spray the existing plants glyphosate (roundup), wait a bit then put down the seed and cover it with straw to keep the seeds in place and the birds from eating them.
Pasture. Hoping to do a fall seeding. We don't get a whole lot of rain in the spring usually.I don't know how well it would work on five acres, but I just broadcast seed before a heavy rain. The rain will plant the seed. Then mow the weeds, eventually the grass will win.
Is this for pasture, lawn, or something else?
We humans can rationalize about anything.I practice permaculture so roundup is a big no no.
It's 5 acres and it's a 5 variety mix. The other 35 are swaled and permied so I hardly think I'm spitting in the face of permies everywhere. My intent is to plant, rotationally graze and reseed whenever necessary. No fertilizers or anything else will be applied, mainly because I'm cheap and lazy.We humans can rationalize about anything.
In order to produce commercial quantities of grass seed, someone must sharply deviate from the tenants of permaculture. Vast fields of single species grasses require regular applications of chemical fertilizer, selective herbicides, sometimes insecticides and often fungicides.
We do have the chisel's in it and while they do small furrows I can't lower them far enough to really rip anything up. It's depressing!!Does your box blade have the holes in the frame for the chisel points? Some do and if so buy some points for it or see if you can buy an old harrow cheap. Bja105 recommendation would be my next choice if I had no other equipment than a box blade.
What are you planting?
Our property was farm land about 15 years ago. For 9 years it was over grazed by horses. Then we bought it and have done 0 with it since. So where there used to be barren ground we now have weeds. Lots and lots and lots of weeds. My DH laughs that at least the property looks green now.First, why so many weeds? Grass can usually out compete most weeds unless over grazed, too much wet or dry. If that's the problem , you need to deal with that issue first.
I would be afraid to burn. It's not an impossibility and I like the idea but its' kind of terrifying. I am in Wyoming so we aren't exactly moist over here. More drought, fire warning type. If we could do it though, I'd love to!how about a late fall or early spring controlled burn and reseed after burned off. With 40 acres you ought to at least have a 6' disc to break ground up a little.