How it helps
Vegetation may act as a filter, absorbing some of the chemicals and nutrients in runoff water.
Vegetation provides cover for small birds and animals.
Is there a proper outlet for surface runoff at the bottom of the waterway?
Are soil conservation measures installed to prevent siltation?
Will tile drainage be necessary to establish vegetation in the waterway? *
Plant seed at recommended time and rates. Place seed about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. Plant across the area or in a figure 8 pattern to reduce
A nurse crop, temporary cover or mulching may be necessary until permanent cover is established.
Don't use the waterway as a roadway.
Fertilize as needed.
Mow periodically, but wait until July 15 so young birds have a chance to leave the nest. *
Maintain the width of the grass area when tilling surrounding fields.
Avoid planting end rows along the waterway. This prevents a new gully forming on the outside edges of the waterway.
* Check for local recommendations.