Mix fluffy or small seeds with a "carrier" for even distribution. Carriers such as coarse sand, perlite, rice hulls or other extenders aid in keeping seeds in suspension. This seed-carrier mix creates a "free flowing" characteristic as needed to broadcast the seed. Take half the seed mixture and spread it evenly over the whole area. Then cross back in opposite directions and spread the rest. Most seeds should never be buried more than twice their diameter. Do not bury small seeds at all! One of the most common reasons that seeds fail to come up is that they have been planted too deeply. Some seeds will be visible on the ground. Try using the sweeping motion of a treebranch or a leaf rake followed by a rollerpacker or the boots of a big foot. A diligent effort should be made to press the seeds into the soil. A firm seed-to-soil contact is very important. Water Talk Nature allows seeds to lie dormant in the soil until rain falls. If you choose to irrigate, keep up with your watering until plants are established. For germination, water lightly and frequently to prevent top of soil from drying out. Rain gauges placed throughout the seeded areas can help you monitor daily waterings. When wildflower seedlings are about 1 inch tall or grass seedlings have 3 to 5 blades per sprout, reduce the frequency of waterings to 2 or 3 times weekly. Increase water per application to achieve greater soaking depths for development of healthy root systems. Alternate soil moisture from good deep soakings to moderately dry in between waterings. Roots need a balance of oxygen. Reduce frequency of waterings over time as plants become established. Supplemental water may be discontinued as seasonal rains return. Encourage and Enjoy We walk softly helping the young budding plants by pulling out exotic grasses and broadleaf weeds. We effectively reduce these weeds year by year by limiting the seeds they make. Do not mow dying wildflowers too early! Seed production for next year should be encouraged. Most of the seeds must be allowed to mature, like... ‘on the vine’ before mowing. Nature’s plan goes on with us and without us. Be patient. Those who plant seeds, play an intimate role in the experience of life. Connecting the miracle of a seed to the forces of earth and sky...brings immeasurable joy to one’s heart. Read the land • choose the spot • match seeds to the site • consider the competition • seasonal timing Prepare the site • walk lightly on the earth • mow close if needed • expose soil and rake up thatch or till no more than 1” deep • don’t stir up dormant weed seeds • exotic cool season grasses and clovers are not compatible The act of seeding • sow your seeds • seeds touch the earth • roll or pack Water talk • let it rain • if not, learn to water properly Encourage and enjoy • encourage the natives • discourage the weeds • enjoy the experience! some seed on surface is ok with or without special equipment, the basics of seeding remain... dispersal, light covering, then firmly press seed into the soil Order Online • www.seedsource.com 99 99 Quick Seed Tips