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Use straw? Got a tip for youse.....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by the point man, May 22, 2002.

  1. the point man

    the point man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    Each spring I keep quite busy repairing lawns which have suffered
    snowplow damage and I like to use straw mulch over my seed and starter fertilizer. Most of the jobs are small, and I spread the
    mulch by hand, picking handfuls at a time from the bale. I found a
    better and easier way to do it: spread out the straw at home on
    the lawn (or, I guess you might be able to do this on site) and
    mow over it several times. Rake it up and fill trash bags with the
    mulch. Advantages:

    1. It is much easier to spread evenly by hand.
    2. It lays flatter.
    3. You don't have to haul around messy and heavy bales of straw.
    4. It looks better on the lawn.
    5. It is not as prone to being blown from where it belongs as it
    was before it was reduced.

    It takes about 15 minutes to do this with 2 bales of straw.
  2. dougaustreim

    dougaustreim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    Basically that is the same principle that is used by our straw blower. The knives in the blower chop it apart and blow it out on the ground.

    Good idea for small projects.

    Doug Austreim
  3. Pro-Cut Lawns

    Pro-Cut Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    Good Idea!!

    Ive got a couple of bales at home I think I'll run my JD 21" with bagger over it and see how that works. Just empty the bagger into the trash bags.

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