Fertilizing A Mulched Bed - Knowledgebase Question

Punta Gorda, FL
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Question by chev1
March 21, 1999
Can I spread granular fertilizer on top of mulch and water it in, or do I need to take the mulch out first and then put it back down?

Answer from NGA
March 21, 1999
It is better to pull back the mulch, apply fertilizer and then replace the mulch as this reduces some to the losses of fertilizer to volatilization (turns to a gas). However, this can be a tedious task. It is not a problem to apply the fertilizer to the mulched surface and then water it in well immediately after application.

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