I used to have a problem when I planted new grass. After the grass is planted and I have a cover of straw, the wind would pick up and blow the straw away.

A few years ago I came up with this idea to roll the straw into the ground. This way I do not need as much straw and get excellent seed to ground contact.

Here are the steps I do:
  • Work the area to be planted. Clean up the ground. Removed large clods and stones.
  • Make sure top 1" is loose.
  • Spread seed.
  • Lightly work grass seed into the soil. I usually use the back of a garden rake.
  • Lightly spread straw.
  • I use a lawn roller full of sand or water and then roll the area down in 2 directions, if possible.

After I have done these steps, I have even had high winds ~35mph and most of the straw stayed in place.