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Removing straw

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by KathysLGC, Apr 2, 2002.

  1. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,345

    Did a search but didnt find much. What is the best way to remove straw? It has been on the lawn since sometime last year and its pretty packed in. I am killing myself racking it up. I dont have a dethatcher and I already gave him my price for the job. it looks alot easier than it really is.
  2. LawnLad

    LawnLad LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 738

    After you install a new lawn with straw as the mulch, you let it decompose. You don't rake it up as you'll pull out some of your good grass. Leave it in the lawn. If the lawn is more than a year old and well established, you could verticut or dethatch and pull whatever comes to the surface. But I'd wait 1.5 to 2.0 years before dethatching a newly seeded lawn. One year is often too soon.
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Gotta agree with Lawnlad...you could do more damage than good.
  4. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,345

    ok. The owner wanted the straw removed. It does look like most did decompose. There isnt much of lawn there tho. I told him I should overseed but he says "lets see what it looks like with out the straw"
  5. yardboyltd

    yardboyltd LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 323

    Doesn't the straw rob the ground of nitrogen(or some other element?)
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    without the straw, it will probably look worse. with the straw, you would think some repair was done earlier and maybe we will see some improvement. remove the straw, let him see the bare spots. sell him on aerating and seeding. case closed.
  7. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,732

    not sure about the straw but hay can harbor weed seeds also.
  8. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,226

    remove the straw, thats a givin. use a leaf rake or garden rake. if you use the garden rake don't dig it in the ground just run it almost at a 80 degree angle and it will get all the straw up as well as any of the new grass that died off over winter.
    then the home owner will say my lawn has bare spots and you sell him an aeration and seeding pakage with a starter fert. and you doubled the ammount of money you should of made their.
  9. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    id leave the straw if possible. the new grass will have to go thru some dry ,hot weather,sooner or later . this can help it survive.
  10. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,345

    Dont think it needs aerating because its a new construction site and has a new layer of topsoil. As I was walking I was sinking in about an inch. The turf is very soft and not compacted. I think I will get him with need seeding and fert. If I seed wont I have to move the straw tho? Can I just run the mower over it? The little grass thats there is only about half an inch high any way. Looks like I can go 1- 1.5 inches and get everything up.

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