I have to keep them fenced out somehow. The cheapest solution I have found is 4x50' plastic netting at Lowes for $20. To hold the netting in place I used 5 ft. garden stakes from Home Depot and wooded tomato stakes that I already had.
|Not the best picture, but you can see how bare the yard is.|
I had a big space to seed, so I used two rolls of the netting.
The soil is bad in that area. So I went back to Home Depot and picked up ten 40 lbs. bags of top soil along with two bags of composted cow manure. I mixed the compost with the top soil in my wheel barrow and hauled to my back yard.
It took multiple trips, and I still didn't have enough for the entire fenced area. So I covered the spots that seemed to be the worst and raked it as best I could.
Then it was time for seed. I was told that fescue is shade tolerant, so that's what I got. The yard looks sunny in the pictures, but once the leaves come in on the trees the sun will rarely hit the ground. I had some of my cover crop seed mix left over from the other day so I mixed it into the grass seed. I know, I know, they go through all that effort to make sure no weed seeds get in that bag of seed, and I go and add them.
I put down a layer of straw and drug out the sprinkler. I have it on a timer. It's set to water once in the morning and again in the afternoon. With any luck I'll have a green yard in a few weeks. Of course there's no telling how long it'll stay green once the chickens get at it.