Answer: Actually, most of Tennessee falls into what is classified as the Eastern Transitional Zone, meaning that very few cool- and warm-season grass species thrive there. To choose the best turf type for your yard, it's best to consult with a local landscaper or with your Agricultural Extension Service (ph# 901-668-8543) to get a recommendation for a locally adapted variety. If your yard gets full sun, Bermuda may be a wise choice. Once you've decided on a grass type and broadcast your seeds, you can cover it with a thin layer of peatmoss to help keep it moist and to keep the birds from feasting on your seeds. Straw tends to stay around for a while so I'd use either peat moss or compost over the seeds.
Best wishes with your lawn~
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