Below is the latest plan for planting directly from our friend Dave Riddell at Davey Tree.
“The lots will be mowed in the next two weeks to prepare them for the seed installation. The existing vegetation will be mowed as low to the ground as possible to allow the native seed drill to cut into the soil. The seed installation will occur in late October or early November. The exact timing of the installation will be determined by the weather. The weather needs to remain cool enough so as to not encourage the native seeds to germinate this season. The sites also need to be dry enough to allow the equipment access. A cover crop of winter rye will be seeded along with the native seed. The winter rye will germinate this season to ensure site stability over the winter months. The winter rye will also help deter undesirable weeds from growing before the native seed germinates in 2013.”
The plan, especially the planting date, has changed several times over the past couple of months but only in response to changing conditions and the weather. We could have forced the seed planing sooner but long-term success has been our guiding principle. We encourage you to ask questions if you have them. We have experts who are happy to respond.