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Best way to cover a mucky yard with any sort of plant growth?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sire12, Feb 3, 2017.

  1. Sire12

    Sire12 Chirping

    Aug 29, 2016
    Northern Ireland
    I need something that grows extremely vigorously even when chicken's are picking and eating at it, I know rye grass grows fast but I think the hens would pick them all off before they can get established, the yard is about 50x70 foot and I have 7 hens that forage alot, any sort of weed or growth that wouldn't get out of control but the chickens would still eat it and keep it in check would be ideal

  2. Howard E

    Howard E Songster

    Feb 18, 2016
    That would be a tough call. You have a lot of area to work with, but you need to get from Point A (mud hole) to Point B (green) and they will interfere with that effort at every turn.

    If you are looking a a mono-culture, like a turf grass, you may be looking in the wrong direction. What you may want to consider instead is a large variety of plantings. Gardens, clovers, annuals, perennials, shrubs, bushes, tall ornamental grasses if they will grow there, etc. Maybe turf grass alleys all around to direct them. You may have to cordon off one area to get plantings started and confine them to a much smaller area until they can move in. In the short run, confine them to a fraction of that and use deep bedding like old hay, etc. Start with 6" and build from there.

    Basic concept is to create a lot of edge and variety. Tough upright things they cannot reach or destroy.

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