Straw is growing in newly seeded lawn?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Mfinley919, Oct 1, 2003.

  1. Mfinley919

    Mfinley919 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I killed my old grass, mended the soil and spread new KB seed and covered with straw to help keep the moisture in.

    New seed has germinated nicely, but the straw did too!

    I now have lots of hay growing up in the new lawn, what should I do? Will this new hay ruin the new lawn or will it go away with the first mowing?

    In the spring I am going to do the same to the back yard, what should I do differently?
  2. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    Haha. I know its not funny, Im just laughing because I did the same thing once, not laughing at you. Your straw is probably wheat. It was probably baled "early". It will not go away until its gets hot next year. Its winter wheat. Only choices you have is to just deal with it, or kill it and start all over.......ooops, okay only one choice, because its too late in the season to start over. Sorry.
  3. Relly

    Relly LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Thus the reason NOT to use 'straw'. That stuff creates so many problems.

    First, try to identify the weed. Then you can go from there. If it is winter wheat, it will be tough...but first identify so you know what you are dealing with and can then develop an effective management program. Of course, if the decision is to redo it in the spring, DO NOT USE STRAW. My experience has shown me that I get better results NOT using straw, but applying starter fert and of course monitoring moisture levels. I'd much rather do a little touch up seeding than deal with weeds brought in from straw.
  4. kansas_turf_man

    kansas_turf_man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Thus the reason to not even bother seeding. Sod it next time, You won't even notice the extra money once its down and looking better in your back yard in 3 hours than your front looks in 2 years.
  5. Mfinley919

    Mfinley919 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Thanks for all the ridiculous, sarcastic and generally mis-informed replies.

    I pulled up a search on this site to find the right answers and the concensous is that the straw that is growing is normal and will die out and not come back.

    The lawn looks fantastic with a deep rich green color and excellent thickness. I can't wait to see it in the spring!

    $40 for a bag of seed vs sodding, I'll take the seed every time thank you.
  6. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    Just make sure that its not thistle there can be alot of that if the straws not clean.

  7. GardenTech

    GardenTech LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    Makes a strong argument for Salt/Marsh Hay , though ( even at $12+ a bale, there will be little need to spend the cost of weed killer in the Spring).
  8. Rebel7695

    Rebel7695 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    This is a prime example of an jackass customer who thinks about nothing but money... probably has someone mowing his acre lawn for $25....
  9. pike

    pike LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Some of the straw went to seed in your yard. Believe it or not,even though it looks odd now, when the wheat(barley etc.)dies off, the root growth that rots will actually help your lawn in the long run(aeration&top soil).
  10. leadarrows

    leadarrows LawnSite Senior Member
    from N/A
    Messages: 925

    They told you it was wheat. Some prefer sod to seed so they told you that.
    The only misinformation I see posted here is you calling wheat hay. You'll make no friends here with attacks like this and frankly I'M getting kinda tired of this kind of postings.
    I recommend this site to other working professionals and it's starting to get embarrassing to have some of the people I know view the sort of childish behavior I am sorry to say is becoming more and more prevalent on this site. I have bin holding my tongue for a while now and I'LL keep doing it for now but sooner or later I am sure I will get in trouble if this sort of thing persists.

    There are probable fifty other posts that I have read lately that I could have said this in. I don't know why I chose this one. Maybe it was just the last straw. LOL Come on people just help each other and quit the BS. It's really getting old. IMO.

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