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Erosion Control in Burned Areas

PLANTING Is similar to planting in newly developed areas.
STRESS Rapid growth ground covers.
PLANT Throughout burned area.
WATERING May be necessary to assure early growth.
REMEMBER Rains can normally be expected to start in October, so plant now!
The following are recommended grass types:
ANNUAL RYE GRASS Is most commonly planted in burned area. It is less desirable than barley for permanent landscapes. A percentage of the seed will be perennial rye grass, which will carry over in following years and may be difficult to dispose of.
BARLEY Is an annual grass, useful for temporary plantings prior to permanent landscaping. It reseeds, but can be prevented from reseeding by clipping off the seed head. If irrigated, it germinates readily and gives immediate cover on slopes.
BIRD'S FOOT TREFOIL Is a legume that thrives in extreme environments, providing a low cover, either mowed or unmowed.
BLANDO BROME Is a good annual native grass that reseeds itself. It gives a quick cover and grows 6 to 12 inches high, depending on available moisture to germinate, but will survive on natural rainfall once established.
SMILO and HARDING GRASSES Are stout perennials with flower heads 2 to 5 feet tall. They retain their green color longer than most grasses and have the advantage of reproducing readily. Although not fire-retardant, they will not create a great fire hazard, and burning can be controlled easily. Irrigation is necessary if the soil surface is dry.
NOTE: For more information on drought-resistant and/or fire-resistant ground covers, shrubs, trees and grasses, contact your local nursery.