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Old 03-19-2013, 01:05 AM
ricsin1 ricsin1 is offline
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Can I plant Bermuda grass seed and cover it with straw?

question on bermuda seed.. I've had success with using wheat straw when i was seeding fescue ....do you think i could use it to seed a bare area ( full dirt ) with bermuda seed? I know bermuda seed shouldnt be planted deep..do you think wheat straw would block too much sunlight or anything harmful to seed..

( i plan on doing this once the weather gets to be about 80 degrees )
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:17 PM
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I commented in the other post, but no. Do not use straw. It adds a ton of weed seeds. Just dust with top soil or fine compost. Got to keep the seed bed moist.
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:12 PM
New2TheGreenIndustry New2TheGreenIndustry is online now
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I've used straw several times with no problems. When you till, you will kick up a few weed seeds anyhow.
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:37 PM
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...and I would NEVER till before prepping a seed/sod bed. That is a recipie for very bumpy turf for years. The proper tool would be a box blade. Southern grasses like Bermuda need to be kept around 1" for optimum performance (especially hybrid turf) and horizontal growth. It's imperative to start with very level ground. Leveling after planting gets expensive.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:26 PM
agrostis agrostis is offline
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I have never used straw with bermuda seed, as long as you keep the seedling's moist you don't need it, and weed seed's would be a real problem if you did. And you can plant those seed's as soon as the last frost is past, in fact, you probably should, it give's the bermuda the longest amount of time to grow the first year, and that is important, bermuda is slow during grow-in.
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