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Erosion Control Dry Seed
What is This Treatment?
This work involves applying seed by hand or belly grinder to treat small disturbed soil areas.
When to Use This Treatment?
Use for disturbed areas less than 0.5 acres.
- Low initial cost.
- Efficient way to apply seed in small (less than 0.5 acres) areas.
- Vegetation provided by seed provides long-term control of erosion.
- Can be applied to areas with limited vehicular access.
- Not effective to treat areas larger than 0.5 acres. Consider using Hydroseed to treat these areas.
- Protection from erosion provided only after seed has germinated and plants have begun to grow.
- Surface treatment only - does not improve underlying soil structure, improve soil microbiology, or restore soil nutrient reserves.
- Surface treatment only - applications to compacted, poorly draining soils may not provide the conditions necessary for successful vegetative cover.
Consider Using This Specification With:
Plans and Details:
- No Standard Plan required.
- Click here to view current awarded bid prices for Erosion Control (Dry Seed) (Acre)
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- Click here for a 1997 cost survey of Erosion Control pricing.
- Use BEES code 210211, Erosion Control Dry Seed (Acre)
- Use BEES code 210210, Erosion Control Dry Seed (SF)
- David Steinfield, Scott Riley, Kim Wilkinson, Thomas D. Landis, Lee Riley, et al. 2007. "Roadside Revegetation, An Integrated Approach to Establishing Native Plants" Accessed 2009-07-16
- Michael Hogan, 2009. "Sediment Source Control Handbook, An Adaptive Approach to Restoration of Disturbed Areas" Accessed 2009-07-16.
- H. Dana Bowers, et al. 1947. Erosion Control on California State Highways
- California Department of Transportation, "TransPlant Seed and Plant Selection Tool", August 2009.
- California Department of Transportation, "Roadside Erosion Control Management Study (RECM)", May 2008.
- California Department of Transportation, "Effective Planting Techniques to Minimize Erosion", January 2004.