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Spring is here; time to make sure your grass is growing

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Spring is here! So, what does that mean? As the weather warms up, it’s crucial to ensure the grass on your work site is growing. Vegetative growth is important in preventing erosion.

Why does it matter?

Vegetation, both above ground and root plants, stabilize the soil on your job site and help prevent erosion. Erosion and sediment loss damages more than just the construction site, it impacts the community around it by increasing the amount of sediment in streams

How does erosion affect my job site?

Revegetation protects against off-site damage and can help fix on-site damage done during construction. Once the organic matter in the soil is gone, the dirt compacts and makes it hard to grow anything in the future.

According to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, “The onsite loss of [topsoil] nearly eliminates the soil’s natural ability to provide nutrients, regulate water flow, and combat pests and disease.”

How do I use grass to prevent soil erosion?

To help prevent soil erosion, follow management best practices and guidelines suggested in a Stormwater Pollution and Prevention Plan (SWPPP). BMP's include adding mulch, seeding and/or sod. Practices to prevent soil erosion also include silt fencing, gravel bags, vegetative buffers and more.

What are my options to grow grass?

You can look into a few different options to help the grass grow on your job site. Check out a few tips to help below.

You can seed parts of your job site to help the grass grow. This is one of the most cost-efficient ways to jump-start grass growth. However, seeding relies on good soil, proper irrigation and the right temperatures for the seed to germinate. While seeding is great for your budget, it may not produce results as fast as other options.

Seed Germination Blankets
If seeding alone is not successful, you can try laying down a seed germination blanket to help your grass grow. These blankets allow sunlight and water through to the seeds. Heavy rain can cause seeds to wash away, but the blanket holds them in place and prevents seeds from collecting in clumps.

Hydromulching or Hydroseeding
Similar to simple seeding, hydroseeding is another option to help the grass grow on your job site. Hydroseed is a combination of seed, mulch, fertilizer and healthy soil mixed into water and then applied to bare spots. Hydroseeding costs more than simple seed but can produce quicker results.

Sod is a great option for immediate results. If installed properly, sod only takes a few weeks to take root. Sod also has immediate effects on erosion control. The downside to laying sod is it can be more expensive.

Now's the time to make sure you're doing everything you can to stabilize your construction site and prevent erosion.

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