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Old 02-11-2009, 06:08 AM
 
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Thanks Whylf for mentioning that. Maybe they did and maybe they didn't. Im not having luck with my PM here at the community so it seems like I'll have to be a ***** again real soon..FUN!
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Old 02-11-2009, 06:29 AM
 
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DH uses alfalfa pellets on the lawn and it looks really nice & green right now. He puts them down just before it rains. We get it at our local feed store. Now our neighbor is doing it too. Much better than chemicals.

Primarily a plant source of nitrogen, Alfalfa Pellets also contains trace minerals and triacontanol, a plant growth promoter. Broadcast 25-50 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. before planting, or apply as a side dressing later in the season for plants requiring additional nitrogen.
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Old 02-11-2009, 06:55 AM
 
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I would bet that he put seed down too. The straw is there to hold in the moisture, which helps with the seed germination. Secondary benefits are protection and lessening soil erosion. Most of the seeding done in this area is tall fescue, which is best put down in the late summer (after most of the hot days are done). The second best time is early spring. The builder may have put down a combination of annual rye and fescue. The rye will likely come up in the next few weeks, before the fescue, and will die in the summer. The fescue will take hold in the spring and continue on.
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Old 02-11-2009, 07:10 AM
 
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I have a bermuda lawn..Thinking maybe they put that down instead..
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Old 02-11-2009, 07:15 AM
 
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The problem with hay/straw is that it creates a weed problem. We had a similar situation where the builder put a drain in due to standing water issues in our side yard. I was away for the weekend but as soon as I got back I raked up all the hay/straw and threw it out. Despite jumping on it quickly, every year in the string hay grass grows along the line where the drain was put in. Too much to pull out by hand and weed killers don't kill it. The only thing that makes it go away is cutting the grass regularly for 6-8 weeks.

A seed blanket would be a much better choice over a small area in my opinion.
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Old 02-11-2009, 07:23 AM
 
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Thanks for the heads up Gumbo. Maybe I'll pull all of it out today as I don't want to deal with additional weeds..
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:40 PM
 
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I quit , remember that patch in my yard that gets driven through and is bare now?
I overseeded with new grass about the week of this thread and new grass is emerging but I also have new tire tracks. This rain is good and bad I would rather have someone make the driveway larger

Good luck with your grass
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:43 PM
 
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Thanks SK. I seeded yesterday over the drain area and some spots. I'll keep you posted..
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Old 05-17-2009, 12:16 AM
 
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Just wondering how your lawn turned out.
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Old 05-17-2009, 05:34 PM
 
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The problem with hay/straw is that it creates a weed problem. We had a similar situation where the builder put a drain in due to standing water issues in our side yard. I was away for the weekend but as soon as I got back I raked up all the hay/straw and threw it out. Despite jumping on it quickly, every year in the string hay grass grows along the line where the drain was put in. Too much to pull out by hand and weed killers don't kill it. The only thing that makes it go away is cutting the grass regularly for 6-8 weeks.

A seed blanket would be a much better choice over a small area in my opinion.
If you're going to use any type of straw or hay for seed cover or erosion it should be SALT hay. This will eliminate the problem Gumbo mentions above. I haven't moved down there yet and don't know it's availability there, but up north it can be found at any gardening center. Basically it's a type of hay that grows in the salt water marshes and does not reseed itself in lawns.

Bill
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