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rollinastang 09-22-2011 07:49 AM

when to rake up straw after seeding?
 
about 2 weeks ago i plated some grass and covered it with straw. now i notice some new grass popping up from under the straw. it is not a whole lot of grass but some. i am wondering when is a good time to rake up the straw i dont want it to smother the new grass but also dont want to rake it up too soon and the rest of the grass not grow....thanks!

michaelcherr 09-22-2011 07:58 AM

Mine is based on what I've done and not reading or reasearch on what's best:

That being said, I never rake the straw. Grass grows through it, and straw takes care of itself when you mow.

chrisn 09-22-2011 04:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by michaelcherr (Post 733645)
Mine is based on what I've done and not reading or reasearch on what's best:

That being said, I never rake the straw. Grass grows through it, and straw takes care of itself when you mow.


Thats right, it will break down over time and the mower will get the rest, :thumbsup:

Msradell 09-23-2011 11:37 AM

You will actually damage the young grass by raking up the straw. If you leave it it will rot down and help to retain moisture for the grass.

rollinastang 09-23-2011 11:41 AM

thanks for all the input i will not be raking it up.. sounds like its better for the grass and less work for me to just leave it there

chrisn 09-23-2011 04:19 PM

You got it:thumbsup:

kmc 09-23-2011 07:52 PM

If you are not getting uniform turf, then you might have to rake some to get sunlight in.

downunder 09-25-2011 09:46 AM

DITTO with Chrisn!


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