The Scott County IRVM Plan was created in 2016 and one of the top functions is to restore and reconstruct native vegetation in the county right-of-way. These pages will explain the benefits of native vegetation and the reconstruction process.
Due to native plants slow growth they struggle in their early stages competing with weeds. Weeds are non-native plants brought over from different continents. Weeds seem to be everywhere competing with native plants for nutrients and space. Spreading aggressively and causing problems. The first step in soil preparation is to remove the existing vegetation. Below are listed several common methods to re-move existing vegetation.
Soil seed contact is necessary for seed to germinate. For optimal results plant your seed mix either be-fore June 15th or after October 15th. Some species establish better when spring planted, other species establish better when fall planted and some are difficult to establish whenever they are planted. Re-gardless plant when you can. Prairie seed can be planted by broadcast seeding, hydroseeding and drill seeding. Proper depth is essential for germination. Plant the seed too deep and it will not survive. Con-tact the seed distributor for proper depth ranges. For best results incorporate soil amendments such as organic matter before planting. If possible after planting watering may help depending on the time of year. Below are common seeding technics.