straw on grass seed

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by DBL, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    today we were seeding a house and the house across the street was getting seeded also by another lco. we layed our straw light on the top however these guys loaded it on top of the seed. is this how it should be done? will grass seed still grow?
  2. shiveslandcsaping

    shiveslandcsaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    I think if you do it by the book you are suppose to have a 50% cover on it. Putting it too heavy can do more harm than good.
  3. rsingleton

    rsingleton LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Here in Ga. the erosion inspection office requires 3/4" to an 1 1/2" on permanent grass.
  4. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    i tell my guys 80% is what we shoot for but it is never that uniform
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    the only time we ever use straw is when there is the possibility of erosion...straw equals weeds.
  6. scott's turf

    scott's turf LawnSite Senior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 949

    I thought straw was weed free. Hay is what has weeds I was told
  7. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    It depends on if you were chopping and blowing it on or shaking it on by hand. Blown on 1/4" with 100% is what we cover.
    Straw can have weeds it depends on how clean it is, same supplier for yrs and we don't have trouble with weeds. However I've seen straw that you could see the seeds in the bales.
  8. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    Man, have I ever learned that!
  9. jpmako

    jpmako LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 593

  10. Inman's lawn care

    Inman's lawn care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    I used straw a few times but after i got weeds that i had to get rid of inever use starw anymore. only if ersion is a factor.

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