Straw estimating

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Quix, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. Quix

    Quix LawnSite Member
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    I need to seed a new yard on fresh topsoil. My question is how many bales of straw should I figure in for each 1000 sq. ft. ? I have been reading here a lot, my 1st post..... Dwayne
     
  2. Quix

    Quix LawnSite Member
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    Believe I answered my own question.........2 1/2 to 3 bales
     
  3. tilawn

    tilawn LawnSite Member
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    3 bales per 1000sq ft blowing it and 5 bales per 1000 sq ft hand shaking
     
  4. big_country

    big_country LawnSite Member
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    Seems a little thick to me but I guess it depends. I use about 75 bales per acre blowing it.
     
  5. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
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    1 bale should cover 300 or so square feet. Less than that and you are going too thick.
     
  6. shiveslandcsaping

    shiveslandcsaping LawnSite Member
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    Must be some small loose bales you all use because I estimate 2 bales per 1000 shaked and usually use 1.5/1000.
     
  7. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
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    They definitely arent real tight around here. Ive also seen some bigger than others. I could see getting 500 out of a tighter bale easy. I know you guys were talking straw or field hay, but we used to use salt hay and those would go 800-1000 each, but at a little more than double the price.
     
  8. Quix

    Quix LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the input, bales here are pretty tight....Dwayne
     
  9. llllllll

    llllllll LawnSite Member
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    We get an average of 7-800 sq feet (hand shaking) out of a tight bale here..You dont want it to thick.
     

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