How to Grow Lawn Grass Using Straw


Maintaining a remarkable lawn can take effort and time. Even with the best care, there will be areas of lawn that are of less-than-desirable appearance, places that are in need of repair and reseeding. Using straw during the reseeding process will help speed up the rate of growth as well as protect seeds and young grass shoots from wind, rain and predators.

Step 1

Prepare the soil in the area to be seeded. Rototill the area until the soil is loose. Break up large clumps with a shovel and remove any debris. Apply 1 inch of lime to the soil. Fill the walk-behind spreader and open the controls to 1/4 open. Walk in paths until the entire area has been spread with lime. Rake into the soil, digging the prongs of the rake at least 1 inch into the soil. Apply a starter fertilizer to the soil. Fill the walk-behind spreader with fertilizer and open the controls to 1/2 open. Walk in paths across the lawn, spreading fertilizer to the entire surface area. Rake into the soil.

Step 2

Apply grass seed. Fill the spreader with seed and open the controls 1/2 open. Walk in paths across the area to be seeded until it is complete. Repeat this process, walking in paths that are perpendicular to the paths you walked originally, making a cross pattern of seed. This allows for better germination and rooting of the grass seed.

Step 3

Water the seed until the soil is moist but not soggy. Cover the area with a light layer of straw. Do not walk on the seed or straw.

Step 4

Continue to water twice each day and monitor the straw depth. If animals have removed some of the straw, replace it with a thin layer, allowing air to circulate around the seed. Maintain moist soil beneath the straw.

Step 5

Mow the area when the grass sprouts have reached 3 inches tall. Mow with a sharp blade. A dull mower blade will tear at young sprouts rather than cut then, ruining their delicate root systems. Resume a normal watering pattern for your lawn, preferably at least three times each week.

Things You'll Need

  • Rotary tiller
  • Pointed shovel
  • Lime
  • Fertilizer
  • Walk-behind spreader
  • Grass seed
  • Hose
  • Straw
  • Mower with a sharp blade


  • Better Business Bureau: Lawn Care and Lawn Care Services
  • University of Illinois: The Green Line
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