Should I remove straw for winter?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by CFLS22, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. CFLS22

    CFLS22 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    Hey guys, I just did a lawn install about a month ago. I seeded and put down straw and all. My question is should I remove the straw for winter or leave it on to sort of incubate the new growth? Thanks
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I don't like to leave straw down for long. It tends to matt up and kill any grass that may be trying to grow there. Whole straw takes a while to decompose. Chop it into smaller pieces with your mower if you can.
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    My vote is for mulching it in with a mower as well... I never use straw except in severe circumstances and it is best to use chopped straw, if possible...
  4. CFLS22

    CFLS22 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    Gotcha... I was Gona mulch but honestly not sure if hay or straw was used and really don't want to mulch straw seeds into lawn if it is straw ha
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  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    another reason to quit using straw... if you think that your weed seeds have not already been washed from the straw and contaminated your soil, then you're not really aware of what kind of straw you have... mulching straw down into the turf does not increase the risk of weeds if you got bad straw to begin with... :)
  6. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    I would just rake it up, but just my 2 cents

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