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Why Put Straw on Grass Seed

By Eugene Snowden
Straw can protect new grass seed

During the process of sowing seeds, straw mulch is a popular selection in aiding grass to grow. There are various types of straw mulch available, but the most popular one is wheat straw.

Function

Lush green grass

Straw mulch helps to protect new grass seeds by retaining moisture in the soil.

Types

Stack hay

There are various types of straw including pine straw, straw made from alfafa plants and wheat straw. Wheat straw is the most popular type of straw for mulching.

Benefits

Healthy grass growth

Some of the benefits of straw besides retaining moisture in the soil is to prevent erosion before the grass has a chance to grow.

Potential

Pile of straw over grass

Although there are benefits in using straw mulch, it sometimes contains weed seeds. Weeds can pose a threat to new seed growth as the grass seed and weeds will compete for nutrients in the soil.

Considerations

Man planting grass seed

Although straw mulch is extremely popular, there are other types of mulch available to assist in retaining moisture in the soil. Check with your local lawn and garden center for additional recommendations.

 

About the Author

 

Eugene Snowden has been a health care sales professional since 2004. In addition, he has been a self-taught home improvement handy-man since 1999. Snowden has published articles for Ezine.com since 2009. Snowden holds a Bachelor of Arts in business from the University of Detroit Mercy.