I am in the process of trying an experiment. I built my little cottage on property that is reclaimed old stripmine. The area around the house last summer was bare hard clay. Further out, the rest of the property is woods, and the leaves from the trees have created some topsoil and is starting to do real well, but the open areas, grow nothing. When the fall rains came, the dogs tracking muddy footprints into the house from the clay became a real problem. To combat this, and as an experiment, I put an ad on Craigs list wanting junk, moldy, or mulch hay. I got plenty of offers. The deal I took was a guy that said I could have the hay free, and he would deliver 3 extra large round bails to my house for $50 bucks. I took him up on the offer. Then in early November, I spread about 4 inches of hay over the entire property. We got about 10 inches of snow just after Christmas which really packed down the hay. When the snow melted, I went out and spread a good mix of red fescue, Kentucky blue grass, and perenial rye, right on top of the hey. I am hoping there is enough composting of the bottom layer of the hay for the seed to take root and grow right up through the hay. I am sort of creating my own topsoil so to speak.
Has anybody ever tried anything simular? Any thoughts? Im I nuts?