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.