The Bales of Straw Needed to Cover Area calculators computes the number of regular square-bales of straw needed to cover an area such as a field or garden. The common bales are 2 string square bales of 14"x18"x"36" inches weighing between 40lbs and 60 lbs.
INSTRUCTIONS: Choose units and enter the following:
Bales of Straw (BN) : The calculator computes the number of bales of straw needed to cover the area for seed growth, and the approximate cost based on the most recent pricing survey for straw (see below). Pasture covered in oat straw for new grass. The End Result
vCalc does a regular survey on commodity prices including agriculture products. Here is the most recent market price for straw:
For a video on how to use this calculator,.
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?"