Best forage seed to get for Florida

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  1. Misty H

    Misty H Full Member

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    Need a forage seed that works best in Central Florida that grows in heavy shaded areas, and does not require tiller or airing of the ground. Our ground is very hard and another point it rains A LOT!
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  2. Faster Horses

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    It would be best to get a soil sample done first. Heavily shaded ground can be more sour from all the trees.

    That being said, very hard ground will likely need to be tilled, or at least ripped up a bit.

    Good luck--I've been trying to grow grass in my soft soiled shady Michigan ground with very little luck. What works best is removing the trees--but I can see that shade in Florida would be a must!
     
  3. Misty H

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    Thank you, and yes, when we bought this property it was nothing but woods. Cleared it out to put in my house left all other trees. We are covered completely by oak and pine trees. Not an easy fet to just remove. Not to mention if I was to start ripping trees out I may not have a ground left after removing the roots lol
     
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    Bermuda or Pensacola Bahia.
     
  5. Misty H

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    Isn’t that hard to grow in heavy shaded areas? I looked at it at tractor supply and thought it said needed good sunlight to moderate sunlight :unsure:
     
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    If it gets sun for part of the day, like morning sun, it will grow pretty good. I grew the Pensacola Bahia on a slope that got sun until around 10am and it came up well.

    But nothing that you can seed grows well in shade. Centipede grass does better, but it comes in sod form, and it creeps, doesn't get tall.
     
  7. Misty H

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    That’s the problem it’s on the side where the sun sets and because of the trees very little sun gets through. There may be 2-3 small areas that will see any sun. And this is where souvies main paddock is where he gets kept when he doesnt have free roam. And even then after this last year we have no problem growing cloves and only a small part of my property actually has a fully grassed area. The rest has stayed sand and dirt nothing came back.
     
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    What we have to work with on souvies main area where we do get grass, and the back paddock we have same problem but it floods with rain, and the stuff that seems we can only grow that souvie don’t eat lol
     
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  10. manesntails

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    The only solution to that is to cut down some trees on the East side so that you get sun there. Not all, but at least create some clear gaps so the sun gets in.
     
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