Straw Vs Hay Mulch - Knowledgebase Question

Bellevue, NE
Question by kjoppaonly
December 10, 1999
Which is better to cover your garden with. Hay or Straw. My husband and I have a long time conflict over this.


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Answer from NGA
December 10, 1999

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In my experience they are both good. Some gardeners prefer straw because it does not contain weed seeds. It may also be less expensive than hay. Hay on the other hand can be a good source of nitrogen where straw is not. I guess I'm not really helping one side or the other, am I?

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