INVESTIGATION ON CRITICAL PROBLEMS OF ESTABLISHING AND MAINTAINING A SATISFACTORY SOD COVER ALONG NORTH CAROLINA HIGHWAYS

METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR ESTABLISHING AND MANAGING TURF WERE TESTED AND EVALUATED ON NORTH CAROLINA ROADSIDES DURING THE PERIOD FROM 1962-1966. STRAW TACKED WITH ASPHALT WAS DETERMINED TO BE THE MOST EFFECTIVE MEDIUM FOR IMMEDIATE EROSION CONTROL AND FOR TURF ESTABLISHMENT ON SLOPES AND OTHER ROADSIDE AREAS. WOOD-CELLULOSE FIBER, MAY BE ADVANTAGEOUSLY USED AS A SUBSTITUTE ON LESS CRITICAL AREAS, ESPECIALLY WHERE WEED GROWTH IS UNDESIRABLE. SOYBEAN STRAW MAY BECOME READILY AVAILABLE SOURCE OF MULCH AS THE ACREAGE OF THIS CROP IS INCREASED. FERTILIZATION IS ESSENTIAL AT THE TIME OF SEEDING BUT LARGE QUANTITIES OF NITROGEN ARE NOT REQUIRED IN EARLY STAGES OF PLANT GROWTH. HOWEVER, THIS NUTRIENT MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR CONTINUED SATISFACTORY GROWTH. PHORPHOROUS WAS DETERMINED TO BE IMPORTANT TO GROWTH FOLLOWING GERMINATION. TALL FESCUE AND SERICEA LESPEDEZA PROVED TO BE WELL ADAPTED TO MOST CONDITIONS IN NORTH CAROLINA. WARM SEASON SPECIES, BAHIA, AND BERMUDAGRASS, WERE EFFECTIVE IN SANDY SOILS AND ARE USEFUL AS BASIC GRASSES IN THE PRODUCTION OF TURF. CROWN VETCH CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY GROWN UNDER MOST CONDITIONS IN NORTH CAROLINA, AND MAY BE USEFUL AS A GROUND COVER. COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE PRODUCTS SUCH AS JUTE MESH, EXCELSIOR MAT, MULCH NET, GLASS FIBER WERE TESTED FOR DITCH LINERS FOR TURF ESTABLISHMENT IN DRAINAGE AREAS. GLASS FIBER ROVING TACKED WITH ASPHALT WAS THE MOST EROSION RESISTANT AND ECONOMICAL MATERIAL TESTED.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Hpr, Bpr-63-1/PROJECT S/
  • Corporate Authors:

    North Carolina State University, Raleigh

    Raleigh, NC  USA  27695

    North Carolina State Highway and Public Works Commission

    P.O. Box 25201, 1 South Wilmington Street
    Raleigh, NC  USA  27611
  • Authors:
    • Gilbert, W B
    • Davis, D L
  • Publication Date: 1967-11

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  • Accession Number: 00204608
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bureau of Public Roads /US
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 16 1994 12:00AM