Plant Collection

Once you have determined which species you will use for your restoration project, you must then acquire the plant or seed materials. This can be one of the hardest and most expensive parts of the entire restoration procedure.

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When designing a mix of species to use at your site, try to...

  • Select species that are regionally adapted and site appropriate.
  • Incorporate species that are diverse in their type (forbs, grasses & shrubs/trees) as well seasonal growth (winter & summer active growth seasons)

A diverse, species rich seed mis of regionally appropriate species will help to ensure a successful restoration project by providing ground cover throughout the year, habitat complexity, and resistance against opportunistic invasive species[1].