seeding lawn over hay

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Old 05-15-15, 06:19 PM
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seeding lawn over hay

I have a .75 acre lot and had some trees removed and the whole lot regraded to help with a septic. Now about .5 acre is just flat dirt. To prevent erosion they took about 20 bales of hay and covered with area. Can I seed over the hay to create a new lawn or must the hay be picked up?
 
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Old 05-15-15, 08:05 PM
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Im sure they put down seed before the hay was put down. If not I would want $$$$ back..


Can I seed over the hay to create a new lawn or must the hay be picked up?
Think about it.. how would the seed grow?
 
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Old 05-15-15, 08:14 PM
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If they didn't seed, you need to remove it. If they truly put hay down instead of straw, you probably want to remove it anyway unless you want a hay field in your yard.

With the price of hay (out here at least) through the roof, straw is way cheaper and doesn't reseed as badly.
 
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Old 05-15-15, 09:04 PM
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They did use hay and definitely didn't seed it.
 
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This may help you understand why they do it this way & how it works... therefore it could help you decide whether you want to remove it or not.

Does Grass Seed Need to Be Covered With Hay? | Home Guides | SF Gate

Hope this helps..... good luck.
 
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Old 05-16-15, 04:29 AM
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Oh, they did seed it, but not with grass seed Hay is a generic term for junk grass that can be fed to cattle. It may be pristine grasses, but they will have seed, and you don't want them in your yard. Wheat straw is what is used. Wheat straw is baled after the seeds are extracted for making bread, leaving only the stalks. I can't understand why they would have used hay instead of wheat straw.
 
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