My family has just moved to a small farm in ozark country and we are learning many new things. ( We are ex- St. Louis City slickers ) and we have a question. We have a very large, great place for a garden, but it is now pretty weedy. I am thinking of covering the area with a very thick layer of straw to kill off the weeds. ( ala Ruth Stout ). I have seen places around our area that are selling the very large (huge) bales of hay. You know the ones that are 6' tall or better. They seem to be very reasonably priced, I have seen them for around $20, I'm sure that the ones that are priced as such are probably damaged by rain and probably molded but to use them as mulch, that wouldn't matter. My question is, would these monster bales have hay seed in them. I figure that if they did, I would just be banging my head against my barn wall because I may have eliminated the weeds in the garden that exist now but will have to deal with the new unwanted growth from any seed in the bales. My plan is to cover the area with cardboard and then a very thick layer of hay/ straw mulch. I am learning a great deal from all the diffrent posts and want to thank everyone for all your help and ideas.