Orchardgrass is a cool-season perennial grass that is highly productive. Orchardgrass is a bunch type of grass that is mainly grown for foraging purposes. It can grow 2 to 4 feet tall, and it is tolerant of shade and drought to a certain extent. Orchardgrass usually is established from seeds, which are planted in mid- to late summer.
Prepare the soil for the orchardgrass. Rake any large rocks and break up any clumps of compact dirt. Till the soil well and add 4 to 5 inches of compost. Work it into the soil to about 4 to 6 inches to improve drainage for the orchardgrass.
Calculate how much orchardgrass will be needed for the planting space. Spread 30 lbs. of seed per acre of planting space.
Place the seeds in the broadcast seeder and run it over the planting area.
Cover the broadcasted orchardgrass with ¼ to ½ inches of soil and roll over it with a lawn roller.
Water the orchardgrass until the soil is moist.