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# Bales of Straw Needed for Ground Cover of an Irregular Field

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The **Bales of Straw Needed for Ground Cover of an Irregular Area** calculators computes the number * AREA COVERED* * Pasture covered in oat straw for new grass. * * The End Result* of regular square-bales of straw or hay needed to cover an area such as a field, garden or planter.

**INSTRUCTIONS:** Choose the preferred units and enter the following:

- (
**a**) This is the length of side**a**of the area. - (
**b**) This is the length of side**b**of the area. - (
**c**) This is the length of side**c**of the area. - (
**d**) This is the length of side**d**of the area. - (
**D**) This is the length of the diagonal**D**of the area.

**Bales of Straw:** The calculator return the number of square bales needed to cover the area.

**Related Calculators:**

- For a rectangular shape, CLICK HERE.
- The
**Sod Estimator**computes the amount of sod needed for different shaped areas.

When planting grass, it is often recommended to cover the seed with straw to protect the seed and encourage the growth of the grass and retention of moisture. This answers the question, "How much straw do I need to cover grass seed?"

### The Math / Science

Enter the dimensions of your area, the length of the four sides (**a, b, c, d**) and the length of the diagonal (**D**). vCalc then computes the area of the quadrilateral in square feet and divide by the number of square feet covered in a single bale of straw. This will result in the total number of bales needed for ground cover of the area.

## Considerations

When planting grass, it is often recommended to cover the seed with straw to protect the seed and encourage the growth of the grass and retention of moisture. This answers the question, "How much straw do I need to cover grass seed?"

- This formula uses 300 ft
^{2}as the average area covered by one bale of straw or hay. The number of square feet covered was computed in a larger application of 20 bails and averaged out. - This formula mentions hay. However, straw is better than hay for ground coverage that is trying to encourage undergrowth in applications such as new grass seed. Straw is often a little cheaper than hay. For those who don't know the difference, straw is the remains (stalks) after the grain has been harvested (e.g. wheat and oat straw). Hay is grass that is allowed to grow high and cut before it goes to seed. Hay has significant forage value (nutritional value) for animals like cows and horses where straw typically does not.
*Types of Grass by U.S. Region* - Coverage for planted grass seed is different than coverage as mulch for weed suppression. If you are using straw as mulch (e.g. in a vegetable garden) you will need to make it deeper than covering grass seed. This should make sense. We want the grass to come up and grow in this application, but we want to stifle weeds when mulching. To compute how much straw is needed for mulching, CLICK HERE.
- Square bales are actually rectangular, roughly in the shape of a right parallelepiped (box). This formula returns the number of square bales of straw needed. Straw is typically not processed into the large round bales. That treatment is typically reserved for hay.
**Type of Grass**is a very important consideration. Some grasses do much better or will not survive in different climates. The graphic shows different types of grasses including: Bahai, Bermuda, Centipede, Bluegrass, Kentucky 31, Rye-grass, Shade Mix, St.Augustine, Sun and Shade Mix, Tall Fescue, Zoysia. It also shows which parts of the country where they are commonly used.

# See Also

*Square Bales *

- Greenhouse Calculator - Formulas and data for construction, heating and planting in a greenhouse or high-tunnel.
- Planter Calculator - Formulas for gardening with planters.

**Bales of Straw Needed for Ground Cover of an Irregular Field**, references 2 equations/constants.

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