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Old 10-12-2005, 08:00 PM
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how many sq ft does a bale of straw cover?

when I am seeding lawns I never know how much straw to buy. Has anyone come up with a figure on this?
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Old 10-12-2005, 08:48 PM
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depends on the size and weight of the bales. I've used from 50 to 110 per acre. Will it be blown on or spread by hand ?
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Are you using straw or salt hay( I think that is how you spell it)?
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Old 10-13-2005, 02:02 AM
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Approx 900sq for a 40lb square bale of seed free, combined wheat straw.
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Old 10-13-2005, 09:19 AM
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it is regular straw and I spread it by hand. thanks for the info
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Old 10-13-2005, 01:35 PM
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I was going to ask the same question today. Looking at renting a blower but wondered what kind of yield for a blower. I have a 34000 sq ft new yard to install and I'm thinking it would suck to do the straw by hand!
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Old 10-13-2005, 02:25 PM
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Just make sure your coverage is light enough to have some soil show through the straw. Did you ever consider penn mulch or no mulch?? I'm not a big fan of straw for residential applications. I just did my lawn with no mulch and my grass is coming in fuller, not near as spotty and much better than my neighbor that used straw. Also, I won't have to rake it off and damage the grass.
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I was going to ask the same question today. Looking at renting a blower but wondered what kind of yield for a blower. I have a 34000 sq ft new yard to install and I'm thinking it would suck to do the straw by hand!
50 # bales of clean wheat straw you should get by with 35-40 blown on. double it if you hand shake it on.
BTW-- 1 hr at the most with 2 people blowing it on.

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Also, I won't have to rake it off and damage the grass.
You never rake it off, it decomposes and adds nutrients. If they raked it off they tore out 1/2 the new seedling that you can not see through the straw and if the grass was already up then they just tore out the shoots.
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Old 10-14-2005, 08:56 AM
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50 # bales of clean wheat straw you should get by with 35-40 blown on. double it if you hand shake it on.
BTW-- 1 hr at the most with 2 people blowing it on.
That is exactly what i had figured in my cost. Thanks for the help!
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Old 10-14-2005, 09:14 AM
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Marionl/s , Not to throw a wrench into your operation, but if you are seeding a lawn and use straw to cover it, in a couple of months you will get tall, clumpy wheat-grass growing up in the lawn you are trying to establish with good seed. (There is a lot of wheat seed in every bale). Can you use some other type of cover? Good luck.
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