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salt hay

n.
Hay prepared from any of several grasses and rushes growing in salt marshes, especially Spartina patens.
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He cut five truckloads of salt hay and attached it to the furring strips with a staple gun.
A potentially important role of salt hay farms in the ecology of breeding black ducks in Delaware Bay marshes may have been overlooked in the past.
In 2006, the agencies restored Elders Point East by pumping 250,000 cubic yards of dredged sand on the island, shaping the sand to simulate the proper elevations of a marsh island, and hand-planting native plant species that included salt marsh cordgrass, salt hay, and spike grass grown from seed collected in Jamaica Bay.
Pound's sheer lyrical power keeps the Cantos from sinking under its burdens ("but the light sings eternal/a pale flare over marshes/where the salt hay whispers to the tide's change"), and he keeps his rhythm supple even in a catalogue of Chinese emperors.
These include peat moss, animal manures, shredded leaves, other mulches, compost, recycled garden and household waste (grass clippings, coffee grounds, vegetable peels, chopped corn cobs, hay, salt hay, sawdust, seaweed, chopped stalks, straw, wood ash, the list goes on).
Near the ocean, we can also mulch with salt hay, a species that grows only in the tidal salt marshes.
Second and more important, by the fact of the tide rising over the extensive salt marshes all along our coasts, whose iodine-soaked grass is either pastured directly by cattle or consumed later in the winter in the form of salt hay. A curious illustration of the inborn craving for iodine is that the earlier settlers along the New England coast just north and east of Boston, where the great salt meadows come down to the shore, insisted upon having for every forty acres which they took and cleared up in the hills, ten acres of salt meadow; and these holdings are still attached to the hill farms in many parts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire today.
Spatrina alterniflora (cord grass) dominates the regularly flooded parts of the salt marsh, and Spatrina patens (salt hay) and Distichlis spicata (spike grass) dominate the higher marsh, which floods monthly, but only at the higher tides.
In the summer of 2006, 250,000 cubic yards of sand were pumped onto Elders Point East, and 700,000 plants were hand-planted, including salt marsh cordgrass, salt hay, and spike grass.
This site was a former salt hay farm that was restored to natural tidal flow in August 1996 (Strait, 1997; Weinstein et al., 1997, Able et al, 2000, 2004).
Next, you should spread a mulch of leaves, seaweed, straw, salt hay or grass clippings between rows, and in some cases, right up to the stems of plants.
* Water until the ground freezes; then mulch with three inches of salt hay or a decorative mulch.