Benefits of Spreading Straw or Mulch Over Grass Seed
By: Julie Day
Why is new grass seed covered with straw? Can any kind of straw be used? -Jack
When seeding new lawns, it’s generally recommended that a thin layer of mulch be scattered on top. That mulch really only has one purpose – to hold in moisture to keep the seeds from drying out. It’s not as necessary when overseeding older lawns, because the existing grass helps hold in moisture.
As for what kind of mulch to use, there are several options:
- Manufactured Lawn Mulch: You can also try a commercial product. A biodegradable seed mat is especially helpful on slopes, because it holds itself together. Or, you can spring for a pelletized mulch-and-fertilizer combo such as Lesco Seed Starter 3 or Greenview Grass Seed Accelerator.
Lawn Mulching Tips
When mulching your newly seeded lawn:
- When you look down at your mulched and seeded lawn, you should see about 50% mulch and 50% seed covered soil. If you apply it properly, you won’t have to remove the mulch later; it’ll just break down and disappear.
- Using Mulch in Your Garden (article)
- How to Apply Mulch in Your Yard (video)
- Tips for Using Mulch in Your Yard (video)
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