Mulch Problems

Ground Cover in Our Garden

Anonymous added on July 16, 2015 | Answered

When it comes to mulching, can grass hay be used in place of straw as ground cover in our garden? We have been looking for a cheap source for straw and today we were offered several bales of 2-year old hay that has been stored in a dry barn. The price, FREE, is right but want to be sure it won't cause any problems.

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Answered on July 16, 2015

Using hay is fine BUT you need to know what's in it, as many hay bales are filled with weed seeds that can pop up in the garden. Of course, if you don't mind plucking these as soon as you see them (and if it's thick enough you may not get any), then by all means take advantage of your freebie!

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