Site preparation alters the existing vegetation and soil structure in advance of seeding, increasing emergence, growth and survivorship of the seeded natives by removing thatch, improving seed to soil contact, and reducing weeds. From construction sites to cornfields, site conditions can be drastically different and require specific site preparation techniques. There are two broad categories of site preparation: one associated with bare soil sites, and one with vegetated sites.
Caution - most of the site preparation methods described in this publication involve killing the existing vegetation and should NOT be used if remnant prairie vegetation (prairie plants that were not planted) are present at the site. Restoration techniques should be applied if remnant prairie plants are present.
Tallgrass Prairie Center
Original Publication Date
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©2018 Dave Williams
Williams, Dave, "Prairie Restoration Series: Site Preparation" (2018). Tallgrass Prairie Publications and Reports. 40.