ESTABLISHMENT OF VEGETATION (PHASE I)

ROADSIDE VEGETATION STUDIES, SPECIES EVALUATIONS, FERTILITY AND LIMING REQUIREMENTS, MULCHING METHODS AND MATERIALS AND MISCELLANEOUS MANAGEMENT PRACTICES ARE DESCRIBED IN THIS FINAL REPORT. BAHIAGRASS WAS BEST ADAPTED FOR THE SOUTHERN HALF OF MISSISSIPPI AND TALL FESCUE WAS WELL ADAPTED FOR THE NORTHERN ONE-THIRD OF THE STATE. WEEPING LOVEGRASS WAS SUCCESSFULLY ESTABLISHED IN ALL PARTS OF THE STATE AND IS USEFUL ON AREAS WHERE MOWING IS LIMITED. BERMUDAGRASS IS ADAPTED TO THE DELTA REGION AND OTHER AREAS OF HIGH FERTILITY. NITROGEN IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF A BERMUDAGRASS STAND. A MIXTURE OF SLOW AND FAST RELEASE SOURCES OF NITROGEN WAS THE MOST EFFICIENT AND PROVIDED NUTRITION FOR A LONGER PERIOD. LIME APPLICATIONS INCORPORATED INTO THE SOIL PRIOR TO PLANTING PRODUCED BETTER GROWTH THAN APPLICATIONS PLACED ON THE SURFACE. MULCH STUDIES PRODUCED VARIABLE RESULTS, DEPENDING ON LOCATION AND WEATHER CONDITIONS. A QUICKER COVER USUALLY DEVELOPED BENEATH THE LIGHTER APPLICATIONS OF MULCH BUT AT HEAVIER RATES EROSION WAS MORE EFFECTIVELY CONTROLLED. WEED GROWTH WAS MORE PREVALENT WHEN HAY AND STRAW MULCHES WERE USED. THE DENSITY OF WEEPING LOVEGRASS STANDS WAS DECREASED IF MOWED MORE THAN ONE TIME PER GROWING SEASON. ADDING NITROGEN AFTER MOWING SEEMED TO DETER THE RECOVERY. /BPR/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Mississippi State University, Mississippi State

    Mississippi State, MS  United States  39762

    Mississippi State Highway Department

    P.O. Box 1850
    Jackson, MI  United States  39215

    Bureau of Public Roads /US

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1968-5

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00204617
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bureau of Public Roads /US
  • Report/Paper Numbers: State-11
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 18 1994 12:00AM