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Covering Grass Seeds?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Merkava_4, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,441

    Some people use straw, others use steer manure. My next door neighbor says
    he likes to use grass clippings.What do you prefer to cover grass seeds with?
  2. Kreios

    Kreios LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    I always use straw.
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  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    A light layer of mulch.

    I stay away from straw as it can be full of weed seed. If I use straw, I use a sterilized straw that I can get from an erosion control supplier.
  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I use bagged shredded straw. It's not cheap but I like it.
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Shedded straw is certainly better than long stem, but you really only need it on really hot summer sun lawns, or slopes... What I hate about straw, is that it never gives a complete full lawn, always 'dead zones', sometimes as large as, 2-3 inch squares or circles...

    Most lawns in the Spring or Fall will do fine with no covering, other than being finely raked into the loose soil... I like to add finely sifted compost or peat on top if I can...

    Grass clipping are fine too as long as they are not wet clumps sitting on the lawn after a rain, becuz they can suffocate the lawn quickly... Mulch mowing or side shooting accomplishes a nice covering for overseeded lawns...
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,708

    Water is best and quicker to apply. Set up a temporary battery operated sprinkler timer. Otherwise straw. You may get a few wheat seedlings--they don't persist. Grass clippings are fine, my opinion.

    Oddly, I am watching a sloped area in the park, that had some construction and digging of a drainage ditch last November. It was covered with some kind of inch thick plastic excelsior mats and staked down with wooden stakes. Some old grass is beginning to come up through the mats and some new seed (sowed and probably germinated last November), is coming up through the mats in places. But the mats appear to be plastic fabric--will they decompose?
  7. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,262

    Yeh, that stuff will degrade, I think mostly from UV. I just used some last fall on a seeding job.
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Cost effectiveness for those types of fabrics is what I wonder about... One scaper got ahold of 2 rolls of 'floating row covers' for about $40... They were partials of 500' rolls evidentally meant for tractors on fields...
    That would be cost effective.. :)
  9. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    we blow straw on.
  10. bx24

    bx24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA/TX
    Messages: 503

    that is what I use.

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