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straw for new lawn

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by lucky4511, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. lucky4511

    lucky4511 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    We are getting ready to seed a new lawn and I am not sure how much straw to purchase - is there a rule of thumb for coverage per bale of straw - the total square footage of the area to be seeded is right at 4900. Thanks for any suggestions.
  2. pieperlc

    pieperlc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 528

    I figure about 2 bales per 1000 square feet. I also found bales can vary greatly depending on size and tightness, but 2 per 1000 is a good starting point.
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    Be careful.

    Make sure you get quality straw, or, go to an erosion supply house and purchase sterilized straw.

    Use bad straw and your asking for weeds.
  4. About 1.5 bales per 1000 sq ft
    Should see ~ 50% of the soil

    Should remove after grass germinates

    Do you really need it? Not necessary if you can easily keep it moist!

    Consider penn mulch or equivilent
  5. lucky4511

    lucky4511 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    I am afraid we do need to do something - single working resident....I think he is going to have a hard time keeping it watered - no irrigation. Thought penn mulch was too expensive so straw it is. Again, thanks for the responses. We have done smaller areas, never an entire, although small, lawn area and didn't want to over buy, however, didn't want to have to make a return trip to finish.
  6. you will be fine using the straw.

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