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Name: Cathy Murby
Luray, Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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CjMurby
Apr 10, 2016 5:12 PM CST
Hello,,, can you broadcast seeds over mulch?
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Apr 10, 2016 5:15 PM CST
Hi,

What kinds of seeds, what kind of mulch and how thick is the mulch?
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Name: Cathy Murby
Luray, Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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CjMurby
Apr 10, 2016 5:22 PM CST
Annual flower seeds... On a podcast it was suggested to just broadcast the seeds. I was wondering if you can do this on top of the mulch,,, the mulch is 1-2 inches bark mulch
Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Apr 10, 2016 5:24 PM CST
IMHO, I think I'd move, or at least thin the mulch...
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Apr 10, 2016 5:30 PM CST
I think you have to move the mulch and after the seeds grow, you can move the mulch in around them. A lot of plants don't like being touched my mulch though so I'm not sure how your annuals will fare.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Apr 10, 2016 7:01 PM CST
Cj, bark mulch is probably a too chunky for your seeds unless the bark is pretty well broken down. When the seeds germinate they send out a tap root to dig into the soil and the mulch would probably inhibit the tap root too much and expose it to air drying it out. A few might make it but the majority would probably dry out before they hit dirt.
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Name: Dee Moore
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DomehomeDee
Apr 10, 2016 8:00 PM CST
I'd clear an area off for the seeds. Even if they decided to germinate in the mulch the bark uses nitrogen to decompose so it's not really good for growing seeds in.

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