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yrdandgardenhandyman
08-26-2005, 10:36 PM
When slitseeding ground that is virtually barren compost and topsoil, do you put any kind of mulch covering, such as straw or some other material over the soil after seeding or does the seeder bury the seed good enough? I have overseeded with one but haven't used a slitseeder for area seeding of bare soil.

fcl01
08-26-2005, 11:17 PM
i still put straw on. :)

Killswitch
08-26-2005, 11:30 PM
No straw.

The only time Id use straw is if i was trying to get grass to grow in turn three at Bristol.

Coffeecraver
08-27-2005, 04:39 AM
The straw on top of the seed is to break up the rain

The straw makes the rain splash instead of compact

You need loose soil to grow a good stand of grass

Some people do not like straw because it can germinate along with the seed
When you mow the yard a couple of times the straw that did germinate,will go away.

There are other things you can use to cover the seed,but I still use straw.

:)

Dreams To Designs
08-27-2005, 08:32 AM
Straw will work, but can be a long term mess and may smother your seed. If you have compost around, a thin topdressing over the area makes a great rain breaker and will add to the nutrients and conditioning of the soil. The seeder should put all the seed in good contact with the soil, so make your decision after you have seeded as to the benefit of a cover material.

Kirk