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Erosion Control Seed Mix

Ideally before seeding your Erosion seed mixture you can:

·         Have your soil tested that way you will know how much organic matter is needed to benefit the seeds.

·         If there is a weed problem it suggested to work with a licensed spray technician to address any perennial weeds before establishing your erosion mix as they will be more difficult to remove later. You may delay seeding until weed control is applied to improve establishment.

·         If possible, build diversions to reduce erosion and minimize seed loss.

·         Hand seed, broadcast, hydroseed, or drill seed for areas with a low slope (less the 3:1).

·         It best to have it completed when the soil temperature, at 3” depth, is near 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

·         Seed then cover with ¼” of soil or less into soil using a lawn roller or ATV if possible.

·         Light mulching with straw or the use of coconut fiber mats is suggested to prevent seeds from drying out and washing away.

·         Irrigate during dry weather periods for proper germination.

Post-Planting Maintenance to Improve Results

In the first growing season post-planting maintenance improves results:

·         Be vigilant to remove vines or spiny weeds early in the planting season as they are easier to remove young. They should be hand pulled or spot spray, direct, application of herbicide.

·         When the overall vegetation’s height reaches 18”-24”, if the ground is not too steep or rough, use a brush hog mower or a string trimmer to trim down to 8” thus reducing competition of fast-growing weeds for sun-light and nutrients needed for the slower growing perennial natives.

·         Do not mow by mid-September.

Second and subsequent growing seasons:

·         Trim any material still standing close to the ground (about 2”) in the spring right after the forsythia has bloomed.

·         Pull or direct spray weeds early. Trim the slope to 8” if you see an infestation of ragweed or foxtail but if not.

·         Remember, tall vegetation provides protection for wildlife and ultimately aids in erosion control.