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Topsoil over straw good or bad?

Posted by gsf1010 6 (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 5, 10 at 11:38

Recently I had land clearing done on about 3/4 acre lot. The lot was covered with spiny brush growing underneath large trees. The brush was removed by scraping 1.5" of the ground. What was left was a fine powder like topsoil that would blow with strong wind gust or even by walking on it. Unfortunately with Hurricane Earl nearing I put down straw and wetted it down in hopes that the strong winds would not blow the dusty topsoil around the neighborhood.
So my question is I want to grow grass in the said area and would like to know if placing topsoil on top of the straw would be a problem or should I rake out the straw first?
Thanks for replying back.

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RE: Topsoil over straw good or bad?

Definitely remove the straw; you want to give the seed something to grow in, not on.
The straw would still be there when the seed in the compost is trying to grow and the straw would be too loose ontop of the soil for it to root properly.

The compost over the soil will help retain moisture but maybe you could think to add a lot more organic with the compost; it would be dug in or rototilled in, then the grass seed.
If the present soil is, as you say, it does suggest it is very loose, has no organic matter in it to hold moisture and feed the seed.
For that then I would suggest the added organic matter be dug in to a depth of 3" - 4" before seeding.
The straw itself would have to be aged well because it too could drop seed and you'd have a meadow instead of a lawn.

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