We are currently building a new home in Van Alstyne, Texas. Southeast Grayson county. In total we have 10 acres, however about 7 acres is heavily wooded and I have no plans to ever alter that area. The remaining 3 acres where the house is being built is out in the open and in need of soil help. From the main road down to the our tree line the property drops 30-35 feet in elevation, so there has been ongoing erosion on the property. In order to create a building pad alot of dirt was moved and the old areas of erosion (1.5 - 2 feet deep) were filled in. Currently, my house is at the bottom of a slope that I estimate to be about 3% drop. It still has an erosion issue that needs to be addressed. This is also an area where alot of the dirt movement was done. So there is little growing there at this time. I have a soil test from A&M and after reading this forum I know that I may have been better sending my sample elsewhere. However, I am not sure that it matters... the use of one lab over another would not improve my dire soil conditions.
The following is the results of my soil test. Two samples are seperated by a /
pH 8.1 / 8.1
Conductivity 256 / 378
Nitrate 0 / 0
Phosphorus 1 / 2
Potassium 147 / 241
Calcium 37,915 / 40,416
Magnesium 64 / 122
Sulfur 8 / 7
Sodium 20 / 21
As soon as people stop driving all over the place where I plan to plant I would like to get some sort of erosion blanket down with grass seed to stabilize the area. I am thinking buffalo grass, but its not the time of the year for that I don't think.
What should my course of action be?
Also, the area in question is about 22,500 square feet, so its not a typical lawn area. Do I need to add to this soil? Do I need to put rye down for the winter and spread my erosion blanket over that? Not sure what to do at all.