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Protect a New Lawn With Straw

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If the weather is dry or warm, spread a layer of straw mulch over seeded areas.  Straw mulch will slow evaporation, provide some shade, and disperse raindrops that might otherwise dislodge young seedlings. Choose a clean mulching straw that is free of seed, such as wheat straw.  Evenly spread about 50 to 80 pounds (one or two bales) per 1,000 square feet.  In windy areas, stretch string over the mulch…