WOODY AND HERBACEOUS PLANTS FOR ROADSIDE GROUND COVER

A COMPILATION IS PRESENTED OF INFORMATION AND DATA REGARDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF WOODY AND HERBACEOUS GROUND COVERS ALONG ILLINOIS HIGHWAYS. IT COVERS THE CLASSIFICATION OF SOILS IN THE SEVERAL GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS AND INCLUDES FACTORS WHICH INFLUENCE GROWTH SUCH AS SOIL TEMPERATURES AND MOISTURE, SLOPE ORIENTATION AND PLANT LOCATION ON THE SITE. A LIST OF ADAPTABLE GROUND COVER SPECIES WITH A RATING GUIDE IS GIVEN TO ASSIST THE DESIGNER IN MAKING SUITABLE SELECTIONS. DATA IS GIVEN ON PLANT BED PREPARATION, SIZES OF PLANTS, SPACING, TIME OF PLANTING AND FERTILITY REQUIREMENTS. RECOMMENDATIONS ARE MADE FOR WEED CONTROL, MULCHING PRACTICES, EROSION CONTROL METHODS, PROPAGATION, HANDLING AND STORAGE, AND PLANT CULTURAL PRACTICES. AN EMULSION-FORM SOIL STABILIZATION PRODUCT, ESTAB (WX-889), SPRAYED AROUND A PLANTING OF WOODY SPECIES PREVENTED EROSION FOR A TWO-MONTH PERIOD. IT DID NOT INJURE THE PLANTS EITHER IN THE DORMANT STAGE OR WHEN THE FOLIAGE WAS YOUNG. THE APPLICATION IS SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE AND MAY BE MADE SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR WHEN APPLIED AT TEMPERATURES ABOVE 40 DEGREES F. A PLANTING OF VINCA MINOR (MYRTLE) SOD TAKEN FROM AN OLD ESTABLISHED BED AND MULCHED WITH CRACKED CORNCOBS WAS SUCCESSFULLY ESTABLISHED AND EFFECTIVELY CONTROLLED EROSION. /BPR/

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Urbana, IL  United States  61801

    Illinois Department of Transportation

    Division of Highways, 2300 South Dirksen Parkway
    Springfield, IL  United States  62764

    Bureau of Public Roads /US

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Kemmerer, H
  • Publication Date: 1967-12

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00204616
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bureau of Public Roads /US
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Ihr-66
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 18 1994 12:00AM