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12-11-2007, 01:35 AM
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Originally Posted by MikeD View Post
If you can find a local farmer who hs straw for sale you have an easy fix. Hay is not an option unless you dont mind the seed that is going to be dropped into your lawn.

When you break open the bail of straw be gentle. It will stay in semi compacted sections. Lay the straw to level. The cost around here is 1.50 per bail. You can place your liner directly onto this or lay the plywood down.
Good advice (as always!). I'd add though, that the straw will be a bit of work to clean up once the rink melts. Maybe you could stuff it into plastic garbage bags.....that way you might be able to use it more than once, too, if it doesn't get wet and you have room to store it over the summer.

Also, don't use bales for seatting around the rink. We've done that and even with nice tight bales loose straws get blown onto the ice making it a hazard.

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