Asked on May 14, 2017

Is it a good idea to use hay as a cover around the garden plants?

Nancy TurnerMarylouJohn


7 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 14, 2017

    I would not recommend that.I would use a cedar mulch which also is good to aid in insects.
  • Mar2172918
    on May 14, 2017

    The problem with hay is it most likely will contain weed seeds . An alternative would be your grass clippings it's best to use grass catcher, for help with prep put them in a bit of a heap rake through them untill they dry out, then use as mulch you will need to add nitrogen furtalizer to the soil as the grass clippings break down.
  • 16235338
    on May 15, 2017

    Never hay, it has seeds. Use straw. If possible, rice straw is great.
  • Gcp23444370
    on May 15, 2017

    Never use hay! Regular straw can be bought easily! Use it
  • John
    on May 15, 2017

    hay is not the best solution, but you never know where it was grown or what other plant seeds are lurking in may be planting unwanted guests
  • Marylou
    on May 15, 2017

    i used grass clippings, too. Like that better
  • Nancy Turner
    on May 15, 2017

    I also use grass clippings, just spread them out as get them and put on more as needed, just try not to put any dandelion flowers with the grass. I also use shredded leaves in the fall from the many mature trees on our property. I till in all in the spring and cover with a heap I keep in the corner of the garden over the winter since grass cannot cover the garden soil yet until later.
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