Sterile hay???

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by gslam88, Jul 8, 2003.

  1. gslam88

    gslam88 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146


    Have a questions for you all... ...I stopped by a customer site the other day... just put in a pool and the pool company did not do the finish grading... so this guys calls and ask for topsoil to be added... clean up the mess kind of thing.... well in talking to him tonight after giving him my quote... he asked what kind of hay will you use after seeding.... would it be sterile?????

    I talked with a good friend... my best guess on this guy is someone else is feeding him a line of bs or just using straw and calling it sterile hay... ????...

    The same customer also wanted 3/8" screened topsoil.... well as most everyone around screens only to 1/2" on average... how many can find 3/8 screen around easy?? I finally told him for the small amount that he needs... $92 per yard.... cost of topsoil... screener with 3/8" screen and trucking....

    Pete.... the non sterile guy

  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    He was probably referrring to weed seed content of hay, which is higher than straw. I would never use hay for just that reason. Use straw, even though it may not be totally weed free, it will have less than hay.

  3. Planet Landscaping

    Planet Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    combined wheat straw.
  4. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    use wheat straw. you might have a little bit of wheat to come up along with the grass but it will die out quick in this heat.
  5. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,051

    On a side note, most of this places tend to settle down, I did the grading around a pool long time ago, nice and level, just to find out later in the year that lot's of spots settle as much as a foot.

    You can also use peen mulch and impress him even more than the guy who told him about the sterile hay.
  6. leadarrows

    leadarrows LawnSite Senior Member
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    Messages: 925

    Wheat straw can contain a lot of seed. It just depends on how well the combine was set up. As for it being sterile well they do that with high heat temperatures in potting soil. I never heard of that being done with straw. Wheat has to reseed itself to grow and it's not going to do that when it's being mowed so the after the first year of using it for seeding cover its gone.
  7. broken leg

    broken leg LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 285

    They have a mulch called peenmulch. Know seeds at all in it . I used it on several jobs. The coast is more but easy to use and know weed seeds. After you spread it you wet it and thats it.

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