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Wild Flower Perennials and Mulch

Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,142

I've sown some wild flower hardy perennials on a retaining  bank in the garden that I recently cleared. I'd like to apply a shallow layer of bark mulch to dissuade weeds and tidy the area. Would this mulch be ok or would it prevent the seeds from developing or would they burst their way through?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,158

    If the mulch is deep enough to deter the plants you don't want, then it will do the same to the ones you do want.

    What is in you mix? there will be plants that don't care what is dumped on them. But not necessarily the ones you want

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,651

    It might be best to wait until you see them germinate then you can protect them - it might mean a bit of extra weeding. But I usually end up mulching much later that you're 'supposed' to - just means carefully weeding as you go, rather than chucking liberal handfuls around. Once they are established - the perennials - you can do a more robust mulch, probably next year

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
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