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Why Should I Put Hay on Grass Seed?

Updated on January 27, 2011

Hay prevents grass from growing in patchy. It holds sprouting seeds in place, protecting from scavengers and rainstorms that might de-seed your lawn before germination begins.

Purpose - Covering grass seeds with hay helps keep the seeds in place while they germinate and provides some protection from squirrels or birds, which might try to eat the seeds.

Alternatives - You could also use straw, soil or a grass seed accelerator that contains a blend of fertilizer and paper mulch. Any of these products will function in the same way.

Time Frame -

Typically, grass seeds will germinate within seven days and be visible within two weeks.


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      Lindsey D. 6 years ago

      thanks, glad you both enjoyed reading :)

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      chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

      Very good advice.

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      Diane Ziomek 6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Great advice! Those squirrels and birds can be very doesn't take them long to find the seeds.