Why Straw?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by bunky, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. bunky

    bunky LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    I have always used straw to cover up fresh grass seed, and always wondered why everyone used straw and not Hay??
  2. TforTexas

    TforTexas LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    Hay is from Brome which is a periennial grassy weed. You will wind up with a nice new lawn infested with Brome that can only be controlled with round-up.
    Back to square one. Straw on the other hand is made from wheat, which is annual and you might have a few volunteers the first season but they will die off and pre-emerge will stop them from persisting
  3. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    Straw is usually and should be from Wheat or Oats..It may carry seeds but they will die out rather quickly. Hay can and is anything and usually full of weeds and weed seed. It is like seeding the lawn with weeds that you will have to fight later. Stick to wheat straw...

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