Soil Prep for Fall Sowing
I have a collection of seeds that I'm planning on fall sowing. It's a mix of sun/shade border seeds from Prairie Moon. This will be on the edge of my woods that I've been rehabing for the last two years. My question is this. For fall sowing, should I rake all the leaves out, broadcast the seed, then put the leaves back? Or maybe run over the leaves a few times with my lawnmower to mulch them up then put them back which is how I mulch my garden. I have a lot of oak, elderberry and other trees in the woods so plenty of leaves and I don't want to just broadcast onto the leaves.
How much do I need to loosen the soil before broadcast?
Any other tips? I have also saved a bunch of my Jack-in-the-Pulpit seed - I still haven't cleaned them off. Should I hand plant those or broadcast?
Finally, right now we getting some warm temps again, so when would the best time temp wise be for planting. We're getting down to 30F or so at night. But for the coming week looks like highs in the 60's and lows in the 40's.