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What is the best thing to cover new grass seed?
Straw is one of the most commonly used materials for covering newly planted grass seed. It's a budget-friendly option, but it's important to choose a variety relatively free of seeds that may produce weeds in your yard. Oat, wheat and barley straw are effective options.
Should you cover a newly seeded lawn?
Grass seeds can germinate and grow if not covered as long the grass seed is kept moist. However, covering the grass seed with a thin layer of straw mulch, topsoil, or compost will help retain moisture and speed up the germination process.
What can you cover grass seed with besides straw?
What to Use Instead of Straw for Grass Seed?
Can I use a bed sheet to cover grass seed?
Bed sheets are light, breathable, and require no trips to the home center. To use bed sheets as a ground cover, plant and water your grass seed as above. Then stretch the bedsheets over the lawn, overlapping them 1/2 inch, and weight down with rocks.
Do you cover grass seed with hay or straw?
A straw mulch is preferred over hay because of its lower seed content. Until established, grass seed or newly germinated plants will die if allowed to dry out completely. A straw mulch helps slow evaporation of water from the soil and keeps it moist while the grass seeds germinate.
How do you top dress grass seed?
Topdressing a Lawn
For small areas, use a garden shovel and the back side of a heavy garden rake to spread a thin layer of topdressing. Once the soil is spread evenly, turn the rake over and use the tines to lightly comb through the grass.