THE USE OF ADAPTABLE PLANT SPECIES FOR ROADSIDE COVER IN MASSACHUSETTS

DIRECT SEEDINGS OF WOODY PERENNIALS UNDER A WOOD CHIP MULCH AND WITH NURSE GRASSES, WHICH ACT AS A LIVING MULCH, HAVE BEEN MADE ON ROADSIDE SLOPES TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING WOODY SPECIES FROM SEED. SEED DORMANCY STUDIES WERE CONDUCTED ON THE SPECIES USED. PLANTING ROOT CUTTINGS OF SWEET FERN AND BRISTLY LOCUST FOR ESTABLISHMENT ON ROADSIDES HAS ALSO BEEN INVESTIGATED. REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT AND GROWTH OF CROWNVETCH, MILKVETCH, AND FLAT PEA HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATED IN THE GREENHOUSE AND IN THE HIGHWAY DISTRICTS OF THE STATE. THESE SPECIES CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY SEEDED AND PLANTED FOR ROADSIDE COVER. A BREEDING PROGRAM TO SELECT A SHORT, VIGOROUS FORM OF KENTUCKY-31 TALL FESCUE WHICH WOULD REQUIRE LITTLE OR NO MAINTENANCE WAS STARTED WITH SEEDS SUBJECTED TO IRRADIATION. VARIOUS METHODS OF PLANTING AND TREATING ROOTED CUTTINGS, BARE-ROOT SEEDLINGS, SMALL AND LINER-SIZE PLANTS, AND CONTAINER-GROWN PLANTS HAVE BEEN STUDIED TO DETERMINE BEST SIZE, TIME OF PLANTING, HANDLING, AND CARE FOR SURVIVAL AND ECONOMY. A GROWTH RETARDANT, MAINTAIN 21, WAS TESTED AND FOUND SATISFACTORY FOR CONTROL OF GROWTH IN GRASSES. SOIL STERILANTS WERE ALSO INVESTIGATED FOR USE IN CONTROLLING GRASSES AND WEEDS ALONG FENCES AND GUARD RAILS.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Rept No 23-R5 1 APP
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    130 Natural Resources Road
    Amherst, MA  United States  01003
  • Authors:
    • Zak, J M
    • Troll, J
    • Havis, J R
    • Yegian, H M
    • Kaskeski, P A
    • Hamilton, W W
    • HYDE, L C
  • Publication Date: 1972-2

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 142 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00205270
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rept
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 27 1974 12:00AM