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I'm itching to do something on a hillside maybe only around 6k sq'. About 5 years ago I build a nice stand there graded up with bobcat and planted orchard grass to stabilize dirt on hill side I disturbed. It came up real well and have deer in it. I will be doing my garden/ food plot over there in few weeks and was debating on tearing out orchard grass and doing something else. I have the equipment so that is not an issue. I just took delivery 2 weeks ago of a 72" tiller attachment for my bobcat. Any advise of should I , or not and if so what to plant. Soil isn't that bad but on pretty steep hill.
 

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I'm in the process of doing something similar. I'm gonna leaf blow the hill side. Spray any weeds,lime and seed the heck out of it with rye,oats,clover.
I think a tiller and hillside is asking for erosion. I would spray and broadcast seed into dead grass.
 

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Yes its a flip of the coin. My orchard grass did well and covered 98% but not sure if its the best thing. I know wheat and clover I have down hill from it on a power line has done well.
 

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I wouldn't till it up or kill the grass entirely. You could try removing some of the thatch down to bare dirt next spring and frost seeding clover into the grass. That's what I did in the field behind my house. The guy we bought the place from kept it mowed as part of the yard. There was no way I was mowing that much grass every week so I decided to take about 2 acres of it, letting about half of it go feral and putting roughly an acre into food plot. I frost seeded clover and limed it last year. Clover came up ok but was thin and not what I was expecting. So I removed the thatch this year and limed it again prior to frost seeding and sprayed it with arrow about 2-3 weeks ago. What a difference it made just killing some of the grass off. The clover is coming in real nice now. Deer are in the plot every morning and night. The other half I left feral had stilt grass and golden rod chest high last year which is exactly what I wanted to happen.
 
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