Using Native Grass Seed to Cover the Basin
On June 20, 2013, Roundstone Native Seed, LLC from Upton, KY, sent two employees to Durbin Estate to spread mixtures of grass seed around the upland waterway and the bottomland.
Mark Sidebottom drilled the holes and set seed for the 1.5 acres around the bio-retention basin. The grass roots will help hold soil and prevent soil erosion. The special mixture of grasses will bloom at different times through the spring and provide a rainbow of colors throughout the fall.
The 39.162 pounds of seed used for bio-retention basin include:
Big Bluestem, Switchgrass, Canada Wild Rye, Virginia Wild Rye, Fowl Manna Grass, Frank's Sedge, Hop Sedge, Boneset, Button Bush, Greyheaded Coneflower, Illinois Bundle Flower, Iron Weed, Maximilian Sunflower, Patridge Pea, Pennsylvania Smartweed, Purple Coneflower, Purple Prairie Clover, Rosemallow, Showy Tickseed, Slender Mountain Mint, Yellow Wingstem, Wild Senna, Seed Box, Spring Oats.
D. J. Ash spreads by hand a Wildlife Habitat mix of seeds in the upland waterway. This mixture will help retain wildlife and pollinators. Below is a list of grasses and wildflowers used on the project.
The 15 pounds of seed used for the upland area include:
Big Bluestem, Broomsedge, Canada Wild Rye, Eastern Gamma Grass, Indian Grass, Little Bluestem, Oats, Purple Top, Side Oats Grama, River Oats, Switchgrass, Switchgrass-Blackwell, Switchgrass-Alamo, Tall Dropseed, Virginia Wild Rye, Winter Rye.
Bergamot, Blackeyed Susan, Browneyed Susan, Butterfly Milkweed, Common Milkweed, Great Blue Lobelia, Greyheaded Coneflower, Fall Panicum, False Sunflower, Illinois Bundleflower, Ironweed, Ladino Clover, Maximillian Sunflower, New England Aster, Partridge Pea, Passion Flower, Pennsylvania Smartweed, Perplexed Tick Trefoil, Purple Prairie Clover, Purple Coneflower, Red Clover, Showy Tickseed, Spiked Blazing Star, Smooth Aster, Swamp Milkweed, Upland Senna, White Wingstem, Whorled Rosinweed, White Prairie Clover, Wild Quinine, Wild Senna, Yellow Wingstem.