ESTABLISHMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF ROADSIDE VEGETATIVE COVER IN MASS

STUDIES WERE MADE ON VARIOUS PHASES OF ESTABLISHING AND MANAGING ROADSIDE VEGETATION IN MASSACHUSETTS. SEED MIXTURES, WITH RECOMMENDED VARIETIES, RATES OF SEEDING AND TIME OF SEEDING WERE EVALUATED AND COMPARED WITH STANDARD PRACTICE SHOWING DEFINITE ECONOMIC BENEFITS AS WELL AS GOOD TURF ESTABLISHMENT. MULCHING MATERIALS FOR EROSION CONTROL WERE EVALUATED. HAY, WOODCHIPS AND BARK FRAGMENTS GAVE BEST RESULTS. FERTILIZATION AND LIMING FOR IMPROVED TURF WERE INVESTIGATED. AFTER FIVE YEARS, PLOTS WITHOUT LIME OR FERTILIZER SHOWED SIGNS OF THINNING. MALEIC HYDRAZIDE /MH- 30/ WAS MORE EFFECTIVE WHEN APPLIED IN THE SPRING AND PRODUCED GREATER INHIBITION AT EIGHT POUNDS PER ACRE THAN AT THE FOUR POUND RATE. SEVERAL ECOLOGICALLY ADAPTED SPECIES OF PLANT MATERIALS /FRAGRANT SUMAC, TARTARIAN HONEYSUCKLE, INDIGO BUSH, ETC./ WERE GROWN ON HIGHWAY ROADSIDES BY DIRECT SEEDING. SWEETFERN /COMPTONIA PEREGRINA/ WAS GROWN BY PLANTING OF RHIZOMES. DURING THE PERIOD OF THIS RESEARCH /1962-1966/ THERE WAS A DEFICIENCY IN PRECIPITATION WHICH AFFECTED THE TESTS. /AUTHOR/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Department of Public Works

    100 Nashua Street
    Boston, MA  USA  02114

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    130 Natural Resources Road
    Amherst, MA  USA  01003
  • Authors:
    • Zak, J M
    • Bradakis, E J
  • Publication Date: 0

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  • Accession Number: 00204601
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bureau of Public Roads /US
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Hpr
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 27 1994 12:00AM