Land covered in weeds and road base

Asked September 15, 2016, 6:08 PM EDT

We recently bought a piece of land and we have found that the pastures are a mix of weeds (primarily bindweed and dandelion with various other weeds mixed in) and the soil seems to be covered or mixed with a road base (small aggregate pebbles).

If we want to plant grasses and establish pastures and a garden do we need to scrape down past the rocky surface or can we put down grass seed with the hopes that it will take hold? We live on W. 8th Ave. near the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Thanks for your help!
Mary Jo Koltuniuk

Jefferson County Colorado

1 Response

I suggest you start with a soil test. The CSU soil testing Lab's web address is: Select the horticulture form and collect an aggregate sample of soil to a depth of at least 6 inches. We have containers and the required soil testing lab form here in the Extension office as well if you would like to pick it up. The extension office is located on the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.