How it works
How it helps
Terraces with grass on front or backslopes can provide nesting habitat.
Fertilize and seed according to NRCS recommendations.
Grassed backslope terraces have a farmable frontslope with a 2:1 backslope (2 foot horizontal to every 1 foot of vertical drop.)
Narrow base terraces have 2:1 slopes on both the frontslope and backslope.
Broadbase terraces should not be built on slopes greater than 8%.
Farmable slopes should not be steeper than 5:1. *
Terraces are designed to control runoff.
Remove sediment build-up in the channel to maintain the required water-holding capacity.
Repair sections of embankment which have eroded or have excessive settlement.
Fill settled or eroded areas in the tile trench.
Repair or replace damaged intakes.
Remove sediment build-up and trash from around the intake.
Control rodents or burrowing animals, weeds, brush and trees.
Reseed and fertilize as needed to maintain good vegetation.
* Check local recommendations.