During the process of sowing seeds, straw mulch is a popular selection in aiding grass to grow. There are various types of straw mulch available, but the most popular one is wheat straw.
Straw mulch helps to protect new grass seeds by retaining moisture in the soil.
There are various types of straw including pine straw, straw made from alfafa plants and wheat straw. Wheat straw is the most popular type of straw for mulching.
Some of the benefits of straw besides retaining moisture in the soil is to prevent erosion before the grass has a chance to grow.
Although there are benefits in using straw mulch, it sometimes contains weed seeds. Weeds can pose a threat to new seed growth as the grass seed and weeds will compete for nutrients in the soil.
Although straw mulch is extremely popular, there are other types of mulch available to assist in retaining moisture in the soil. Check with your local lawn and garden center for additional recommendations.
- Natural Resource Conservation Service
- "The Home Depot: Lawns 1-2-3;" Jeff Day; 2007