errosion control after seeding

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by lawnchopper, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. lawnchopper

    lawnchopper LawnSite Member
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    im about to do some seeding and im wondering since the area im seeding is like a black sand and on a slop and not irrigated what would be a good erosion control method to put on after i seed it? Also to help hold moisture and protect the seed.I would like to use straw or would grass hay work or lawn clippings work too? Whats best? Do i have to remove it later?, the seed grow through if i dont apply it to heavy?

    Also the topsoil im using had a large brush burned on top of it. I wondering if that should be a concern with all the ash mixed in?

    Brent
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    You almost have to use straw on slopes, or perhaps a floating row cover, would be better. Chop the straw if at all possible, till up the brush fire area, if possible, and wait a couple more weeks to seed, if possible.
     
  3. lawnchopper

    lawnchopper LawnSite Member
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    I do agree but what makes straw better than lets say grass hay or grass clippings??
     
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Course and light.
    Grass clipping are clumpy then disappear when they dry, making them much more difficult to get , just the right coverage. Grass hay is a better option, than grass.

    Anything will work, as long as it gives you the, "right coverage". And that is better felt, than tellt. :)
     
  5. Laner

    Laner LawnSite Senior Member
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    I seeded a regraded slope to a river this spring and used straw mating (comes in a roll) on the severe slope areas -worked great! The homeowner didn't want to me to cover the other section that has less grade to it and now I will be redoing that area this Fall as the heavy rains we had this spring washed most of the seed away. It will get covered with straw mating this time.

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    Last edited: Aug 1, 2010
  6. coolluv

    coolluv LawnSite Gold Member
    from Atlanta
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    Next time lay it top to bottom, not across.

    Dave...
     
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Does that have the nylon string in it?
     
  8. CHARLES CUE

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
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    Lesco has a nice roll out mating. It's green and no nylon strings. We used it on a couple jobs worked good and it biodegradable.

    Charles Cue
     
  9. Laner

    Laner LawnSite Senior Member
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    Dave -why top to bottom?

    Samllaxe -yes it has nylon string in it. It is suppose to decompose within 1 year. We have mowed over it with no problems.
     
  10. coolluv

    coolluv LawnSite Gold Member
    from Atlanta
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    Because water can get in between the seams and wash it away. Especially on steeper slopes.

    Dave...
     

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