I always use wheat straw. This was actually the worst straw ive ever used. It was full of seed and came up thick like i was sowing a yard but I hit it with a little spray and killed all that out about a month ago.
Checked on mine last week and plenty up, yet plenty not. Decided to stay out of the woods until it's all up so I don't trample any. I scattered a lot with wildgrown seeds which pretty much all came up last year. Still looks like all their seeds are going to survive into year two. A lot of 5 leafers and a descent amount of two-prongs.
On another note, to update those who might remember an issue with my Northeast Ohio acquired Canadian seed that had not one sprout last year; well it looks like every one is sprouting this year. Someone slipped that seller/dealer some green (emerald) seeds. Oh well, I am happy so many are up, even though I lost a year of growth.