MISSION
STATEMENT


The Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain and improve the natural resources and environment in Lorain County.

 

Agricultural Center
42110 Russia Road
Elyria, OH 44035-6813
Phone: 440.326.5800
FAX: 440.326.5807


Temporary Seeding



[Photo: Construction area stabilized
by hydro-seeding ]

Temporary seeding and mulching is without a doubt the most cost effective erosion and sediment control measure. Not only is it the most effective way to treat large areas of unstable soil, it can be used in almost every possible situation. Stream banks, drainage ways, ditches, road cuts, utility right-of-ways, detention basins, new construction, and timber harvest sites can all be treated with temporary seeding and straw mulching.



[Photo: Inspecting seed germination at same site ]


Temporary seeding and mulching can be applied at anytime of the year and still be effective. As long as the ground is not covered with snow, the straw mulching can stabilize the soil until the root system of the grass can become established. Hydro-seeding has quickset seed germination rates, but seed accompanied with straw mulching provides both instant and long term erosion control.



[Photo: Straw mulch applied for winter
stabilization of active site ]




Once the utilities are in place in a subdivision, seeded right-of-ways are expected to be installed by the developer and maintained by the homebuilder until a permanent lawn can be put in.


ODNR Temporary Seeding Specifications
Temporary Seeding Species Selection
 
Seeding
Dates
SpeciesLb. Per
1,000 sq. ft.
Per Acre
March 1 to August 15Oats34 bushels
Tall Fescue140 lb.
Annual Ryegrass140 lb.
Perennial Ryegrass140 lb.
Tall Fescue140 lb.
Annual Ryegrass140 lb.
 
August 1 to November 1Rye32 bushels
Tall Fescue140 lb.
Annual Ryegrass140 lb.
Wheat32 bushels
Tall Fescue140 lb.
Annual Ryegrass140 lb.
Perennial Ryegrass140 lb.
Tall Fescue140 lb.
Annual Ryegrass140 lb.
 
November 1 to SpringUse heavy straw-mulch & dormant seeding, wood chips or permanent sodding.
 
Note: Other approved seed species may be substituted.

Download a PDF version of this bulletin #08-001 Temporary Seeding.


 

 
August 16, 2017