'Morning all... I've got trouble brewing and I don't have any familiarity with the overall issues...
Yesterday, AT&T knocked on my door and said they needed to replace a box in my backyard and trench a new line a few houses down. The guy said they'd repair all the grass and specifically said they would 'seed and straw it'.
Now, normally this wouldn't be an issue. It's the back corner of my lot and I'm not (normally) a super fanatic about my lawn quality. HOWEVER, it just so happens that I completely re-did that easement area and corner of the lot in the fall. Whole 9 yards: killed it off, tilled it, amended it, peat moss, fertilizer, seed, watered 3 times a day for weeks, 2nd fert and overseeding. Whole 9 yards. Not a whole lot of money involved, but a LOT of time. It came out BEAUTIFULLY. It looks almost like a golf course.
So my problem is this: it's 99% weed free and straw always contains weed seeds. I also don't know what kind of seed they'd use (rye, fescue, bluegrass, etc). I know it's my fault for making my easement look nice, and they have a right to work in the easement, but I still don't want my work destroyed.
Can anyone suggest ways I might be able to work with these guys? Maybe provide them my seed mix and just grin and bear the straw? In an ideal world, I want them to sod it using the same cultivars (the business I bought the seed mix from also sells sod of those mixes). They haven't started work, but looking at their paint markers and string, it's only 300-400sqft of potential damage.
Any ideas are greatly appreciated.