So last year we put in geothermal heating which means we have HUGE areas of the yard that are just mud now. We really want to get some grass or something put down. Our intention is to plant part of it with grass and part with something for the ducks to graze on. We free range them all day. My question is with putting down seed what is the best way to actually grow the stuff as opposed to just adding a different kind of seed for the ducks to eat? If we put straw over it, will that allow it to germinate and grow enough to eventually fill in or do we actually need to put a fence up around the whole space. Part of it will be garden too. Do you let them in your garden? Not until everything is up?