I want to grow some grass in bare spots, and wonder what the general
I see along the highway, they through down straw or hay, and soon there is
grass growing. Is this a special type of covering? Is there anything else
I need to do or do I just throw this stuff down and wait?
That is a special matting and probably not good for your
particular application. See here:
Your best bet is to talk to a garden supply center and
purchase some squares of whatever type grass grows well in the
area you want to plant. Prepare the soil as directed then
place the mats. Instant grass.
Straw, not hay :o) I'm a city kid, and it took a long time to figure
out the difference :o) A light covering of straw is used to keep grass
seed from blowing or washing away before it germinates. Too heavy a
layer of straw and the seed won't grow.
Some bare spots - that would by 1' x 1'? Half acre? Shady? Sunny? Clay?
If you have the time, and it is only small spots, you can probably
reseed any time. If considerable size, think about sod late in year.
Rake and level. Treat lawn for weeds before seed/sod if weeds are
heavy. Keep mowed at right height.
You can use a special seed mix that includes stuff like the spray stuff
you have seen. Be careful about straw or hay as it is likely to have enough
weed seeds in it to make you sorry you used it. I have seen mats that would
work. Frankly I just scratch the surface with a rake an let it go at that.
This is not the best time of year to do it. The best time to seed is
the fall of the year. It gets started in the fall and then the roots have a
chance to grow all fall and even in the winter and by spring it is ready to
take over. Most grasses like cool weather. (note: this advice is based on
mid zone areas. If you are in a hot or very cold area the advice above may
not be applicable.)
The local ag extension office usually has a master gardener who has info
on what will work in your area on your soils. He will be happy to send you
lots of info and answer your questions. Call your county gov. information
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