Crimping Straw/Hay

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by llllllll, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. llllllll

    llllllll LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Does anyone have a good way to crimp straw/hay after seeding ?
    I dont want to buy a 3pt crimper for this 1 small job..Renting one is an option too..
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I don't know that crimped or uncrimped is much difference in covering seed. Can you buy the straw that was cut with a crimper from another source?
  3. llllllll

    llllllll LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    The city specs say they want the straw crimped to the ground after seed and fert.
  4. RHayden

    RHayden LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    If you do not own one and it is in the job spec, then you will have to figure on renting one. Crimp it both ways or make half passes if its in an exposed area that catches a lot of wind.
  5. llllllll

    llllllll LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Has anyone ever made one out of an old disk ? The ones around here just look like a nothched disk
  6. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,341

    Notched disk harrows will work fine. Just set the harrows to cut straight instead of on an angle and make two passes in opposite directions. You might want to consider adding a little extra weight on the harrows. The goal is to push the straw into the soil but you dont want to tear the ground up while doing it. I have used a areovator to stick the straw. I have some pics somewhere of that job. Every dimple had straw sticking up out of it. Looked funny but it worked.

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