Soil condition

Asked July 26, 2018, 10:33 AM EDT

I have a 5/6” layer of mulch and cannot get good seed growth. What can I do

Wayne County Michigan

1 Response

Seeds must come in contact with the soil in order to germinate. You need to remove your mulch in the seeding area and plant the seeds directly into the soil, covering as instructed on the seed packet. Cover with SOIL, not mulch. You may spread the mulch around your plants when they are 4-6" tall, but don't let the mulch contact the plant itself or you may encourage disease and insects.

Seeds will not germinate in mulch, either on top of it or below it. The links below give good information on sowing seeds directly into the soil. They talk about vegetable seeds, but the same instructions would apply for flowers.