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Tuesday Tools & Products: Salt Marsh Hay Print E-mail
Written by Heleigh Bostwick    Tuesday, 24 January 2017
Salt marsh hay bale

Do you use salt marsh hay (Spartina patens) to mulch your garden? If not, salt marsh hay is a viable, and probably the preferred option for those who have access to it according to several Daily Dirt readers.

One reader who works at Glenwild Garden Center in New Jersey said that they sold straw bales for fall decorating, but sold salt marsh hay for mulch because there are no weed seeds at all. Another reader in New England mentioned that she uses salt marsh hay as a mulch for winter for the same reason and in the spring uses it to delineate paths in her perennial garden.

This reader also noticed a decrease in the number of slugs and snails in the garden. This makes perfect sense when you consider that salt marsh hay grows in a highly saline environment, the tidal marsh, and therefore is pretty salty itself, which probably deters slugs.

Salt marsh hay, Spartina patens

In the old days, salt marsh hay was collected in hay cocks on "staddles"or mound of salt marsh hay on legs to keep the hay cock above high tide. At one time salt marsh hay was also used as stuffing for chairs.

Photo source: carletongarden.blogspot.com