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another question about slitseeding

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by yrdandgardenhandyman, Aug 26, 2005.

  1. yrdandgardenhandyman

    yrdandgardenhandyman LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 953

    When slitseeding ground that is virtually barren compost and topsoil, do you put any kind of mulch covering, such as straw or some other material over the soil after seeding or does the seeder bury the seed good enough? I have overseeded with one but haven't used a slitseeder for area seeding of bare soil.
  2. fcl01

    fcl01 LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 249

    i still put straw on. :)
  3. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    No straw.

    The only time Id use straw is if i was trying to get grass to grow in turn three at Bristol.
  4. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    The straw on top of the seed is to break up the rain

    The straw makes the rain splash instead of compact

    You need loose soil to grow a good stand of grass

    Some people do not like straw because it can germinate along with the seed
    When you mow the yard a couple of times the straw that did germinate,will go away.

    There are other things you can use to cover the seed,but I still use straw.

  5. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    Straw will work, but can be a long term mess and may smother your seed. If you have compost around, a thin topdressing over the area makes a great rain breaker and will add to the nutrients and conditioning of the soil. The seeder should put all the seed in good contact with the soil, so make your decision after you have seeded as to the benefit of a cover material.


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