Planting a Ground Cover???

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Old 07-18-10, 09:57 PM
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Planting a Ground Cover???

Hi,

I have ordered some ground cover seeds, specifically, Creeping Thyme and Gold Acre Sedum.

The area im planting is in front of my house and gets pretty good sun. I was going to do it last spring but never got the chance, so now im waiting till fall.

My question is concerning birds eating the seeds since they are just suppsed to be spread on top of the soil.. Can I use one of those seed germination blankets or spread hay over them to keep the birds and squirrels away?? I know that can be done for grass seed, but I wasnt sure about these seeds.

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Old 07-19-10, 04:05 AM
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Use a cover to protect the seeds and prevent washout. DON'T use hay as it is a generic grass and will be full of seeds (translated "weeds") that will germinate as well. Use wheat straw. It is baled after the seeds have been removed for bread production and you won't have seeding problems.
 
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Old 07-19-10, 06:30 AM
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Use a cover to protect the seeds and prevent washout. DON'T use hay as it is a generic grass and will be full of seeds (translated "weeds") that will germinate as well. Use wheat straw. It is baled after the seeds have been removed for bread production and you won't have seeding problems.
Is wheat straw typically sold at nurserys?? If not, where would I get it?

Also, I saw a seed germination blanket at lowes, would this be good to use??

Here is the description/Link for what I saw:
4' x 50' Seed Germ Blanket

•Helps keep seeds and soil in place for superior erosion control
•Made from excelsior wood fiber with one sided plastic mesh
•Recommended for use with DuPont™ Garden Products Biodegradable Stakes
•Photo degradable and biodegradable. 100 percent weed free
Shop DuPont 4' x 50' Seed Germ Blanket at Lowes.com
 
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Old 07-19-10, 02:22 PM
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Yes, garden centers will sell wheat straw. A friend of mine went to a farmer and talked him out of a few bales of hay for his yard Needless to say he had Kentucky 31 Fescue, Bahia, and every weed known to man for several years.
The mat to which you refer is great. A little more expensive, but may work as well in the long run.
 
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