Common household remedies request
I want to do some sheet mulching -- a layer of soil amendment, followed by compost, newspaper, and finally the straw (or hay) on the top. The sheet mulching will: (1) prevent by TMV-laden soil from splashing upward onto the plants when I water or when it rains; (2) eliminate the work of weeding; (3) increase the number of worms (no tilling; soil that's not compacted); and (4) save on water, since the layering, and especially the hay (or straw) capture moisture.
And now the question:
Hay or straw? As "Hay foot, straw foot" shows, people used to know the difference, but I sure don't. My local gardeners are vehemently in favor of one, but I forget which. Internet searches don't yield a clear winner. Everybody does agree on one thing: No seeds!
So, readers: Does anybody have experience with sheet mulching, and, if so, did you use hay or straw?