Straw compose #614720 - Ask Extension


Straw compose #614720

Asked February 25, 2020, 6:03 PM EST

During the winter, I have used 2 inches of straw as a insulator for my garden. Now that spring is coming, should I completely remove the straw or can i till it into the soil. Will the straw make compose even though it is not as good as vegetable peelings.

Montgomery County Maryland

Expert Response

If the straw has mostly broken-down by now, then yes, you can lightly incorporate it into the soil, though it is not necessary. If the straw is mostly intact, we recommend leaving it as a topdressing and merely moving it aside temporarily when planting. It will continue to biodegrade and amend the soil while also serving as a mulch to discourage weeds and moderate soil temperatures and moisture.


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