AES knows proper site preparation, installation, and maintenance of native ecosystems offers multiple advantages, functional and biotic. With decades of experience in the specialized field of ecosystem restoration, our skilled professionals have innovated techniques and strategies that dramatically improve the success of native species seeding and planting.
Native seeding is different, by nature, from traditional lawn or turf grass seeding. The biggest differences are in the number of species (and seed shape, size and weight) installed, the equipment used to accommodate seed variability, and maintenance requirements, of course.
AES typically uses a specialized seed drill that evenly distributes the native seed at the proper depth. Taking great care in the calibration of the drill is important due to seed variability, with 30 or more species in a native seeding mix, compared with one or two in a lawn mix.
Native seed needs to be installed at during spring or fall dormant season. Once planted, native species rarely need to be watered or fertilized in contrast to turf grass, which in season needs frequent mowing.
Native planting, or installation of native plant plugs, is often one of the first steps, following site preparation, in a restoration project. Planting deep-rooted grasses, sedges, and forbs (flowers) helps hold soils in place while providing wildlife habitat and creating aesthetic amenities. Planting allows for quick establishment of a native landscape and it works well to promote species that require costly seed or do not establish well from seed.