Straw why do you use it?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Airwave, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. Airwave

    Airwave LawnSite Member
    from Ireland
    Messages: 97

    Just curious why you guys and ladies over in the US use straw when seeding we have never done this here in Ireland. Maybe something we should do if there is a good reason for it. Thanks in advance.
  2. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    It holds moisture.
  3. Airwave

    Airwave LawnSite Member
    from Ireland
    Messages: 97

    Fair enough I had kinda guessed that part will think about maybe testing it out here although not sure how clients will react when they see a lawn full of straw instead of seed. Do you go back and take straw off or does customer do it?

    FATWEASEL LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 326

    The grass grows through it and the straw decomposes into the lawn. Not everyone uses straw. Some use nothing, some topdress with topsoil, mushroom compost, even some paper products (pellets).

  5. eshreve1234

    eshreve1234 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    Whats a bale of straw go for in Ireland?
  6. Airwave

    Airwave LawnSite Member
    from Ireland
    Messages: 97

    Not a clue never bought any before prob would end up being quite expensive to cover a 1 acre lawn with straw plus the time it would take to cover it. I am looking to buy a new seeder for my new second hand tractor which I am hoping to purchase I think with pre seed fertilizer and everything it should be sufficient but still interesting about using the straw.
  7. bigtex

    bigtex LawnSite Member
    from ma
    Messages: 151

    Keeps The Birds From Eating The Seed
  8. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    The #1 reason is erosion control and sediment run-off.
  9. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778


    tthomas is correct.
  10. tjhocraf

    tjhocraf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    It also helps retain soil moisture by shading seed and soil

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