What is the Green Stuff Construction Workers Spray on Newly Developed Areas?

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What Is That Green Stuff?

Through several phases of new construction, it becomes necessary for the development crews to apply what is known as “Green Tac” or “ Hydroseed” to the mounds and hills that they create.

During construction, all the soil movement necessary in creating level roadways and housing plots can cause major soil compaction, making it difficult for plants to re-inhabit these areas once the construction is completed. As the organic material (plant life and topsoil) is removed in the preparation process of a site, run-off also becomes a huge problem. If rainwater run-off is not held in check the construction project is in jeopardy of failure as the ground settles, and relocates in rain and snow storms. To control rainwater run-off, and as a step toward re-building the organic material back into the ground, hydroseed is applied to a site during several phases of a construction project. The seed mixture not only holds new seed to the construction embankments, but it also fertilizes the seed to ensure quick germination and root growth, to protect the engineered angles on the site. Hydroseed mixtures provide the nutrients and minerals necessary for grass seed to create a quick groundcover for these difficult areas. It is a well designed product for filling in these areas quickly and preventing tougher invasive plants from monopolizing these difficult areas.


What Is Hydroseed Made Of?

Hydroseed is comprised of a biodegradable glue, grass seed, newspaper pulp, lime and fertilizer. It is mixed with water at the time of application, and given an environmentally safe greenish color to show where the application has already been applied.

Photo Courtesy of:  Dan “Soggydan” Bennett

Saint John’s Wort

img 1560 229x300 Saint John’s WortExhibit “A”  as to why you should never discount a plant with the word ‘wort’ in it; this is St. John’s Wort. 

 

St. John’s Wort is a great accent plant for your garden beds and containers, and it’s one of the least known plants of most gardeners today. The family Hypericum contains both flowering shrubs, and a vine form in many different types and colors. The shrubs range in height from 1-10 feet in height when fully grown, while the vine’s low growing habit makes it ideal for erosion control on hillside gardens.  Grown best in zones 4-8, the shrubs and vines do well in partial shade to full sun, but bloom most prolifically in full sun.  These plants are drought tolerant, with 3 inch wide blooms covering them from June through August.  St. John’s Wort is a natural choice for gardens with poor or rocky soil, so it is a great plant to have on hand if you have large areas that need perennials but you don’t have the inclination to create endless formal beds with all the topsoil and mulch that those require.

 

My favorite use of St. John’s Wort is in tree rings, or as a mass groundcover.  It’s spreading habit can be best appreciated when it is planted in large groups in a location where it won’t take over the entire flower garden.  As a tough perennial, this plant falls on my “Full Sun, Bullet-Proof” plant list, and once it is established you can keep it fresh by mowing over it every few years to keep it flowering and fresh.

 

Due to its hearty nature St. John’s wort is a plant that should be introduced only in garden areas where its growth habits can be managed.  The USDA lists these plants as a potentially invasive in the wild, so care should be taken to keep it out of naturalized area for the benefit of local wildlife, and the native ecosystem.

Native Landscaping Plant To Know: River Birch

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The River Birch is a wonderful native North American Tree that won widespread recognition in 2002 as the “Tree of the Year” from several several national Arborist societies.  Easily found now in most local nurseries, this riverbed native is now a favorite as a street tree in urban settings because of it’s hardy nature, and drought tolerance.  River Birch are fast growing trees, that max out in height at about 50-70 feet tall over the course of about twenty years.  They provide excellent shade in the summer and fall months, and beautiful peeling bark through the winter that varies in shade from red, to peach, to purple.  

 What You’ll Love:  

This tree is remarkably resistant to Borer insects, and a wide variety of pests and diseases.  The peeling bark of the tree lends itself to softening the appearance of urban structures, and can add a woodsy appeal to a variety of yards. 

What It Gives Back To You And Your Yard:

River Birch is an excellent choice for areas that need erosion controlling plants, be it a hillside, or a stream bed area. These thrive in drainage swales, and moist areas on your property that may drowned or be too boggy down other garden plants. If you are looking for a fast growing shade tree this also makes a great choice, and can help you cut down those summer cooling bills when planted around a house.

What It Does For The Environment:

Aside from being a “greener” ecological alternative to foreign bred plants, this tree  provides food for deer, who eat low growing foliage, while the seeds of the plant attract songbirds.

For a great, easy care tree for your yard or local park, see if the River Birch will meet your needs, and you will be amazed at all it can give back to you.