Need for Seed

By Mike Finlay, Richland County Forester


There are two important considerations when seeding temporary roads.

1). Know approximately how much area you will seed, in acres. For example, 1 acre is equal to 12ft. wide road X 3/4 mile (or 3960 ft.) Use this calculator to enter your road width and length.

2). Good seed mixes include fast-growing species for quick soil protection (typically annuals), plus perennial species for longer soil protection. They may also include (or avoid…your choice) species, such as clovers, attractive to deer.

Example Seed Mix and Do NOT Plant List

Seed Mixture for 1 Acre
White Dutch Clover (5.25 to 10 lbs./acre)
Perennial Rye Grass (5 lbs./acre)
Annual Rye Grass (7 to 8 lbs./acre)
Creeping Red Fescue (10 to 17 lbs./acre)
TOTAL (25 to 40 lbs./acre)
DO NOT Plant List
Creeping Bent Grass (Agrostis palustris)
Smooth Brome Grass (Bromus inermis)
Crown Vetch (Coronilla varia)
Quack Grass (Elytrigia repens)
Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea)
Flat Pea (Lathyrus sylvestris)
Chinese Lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata)
Bird’s Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
Big Leaf Lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus)
Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea)



















3). Mulching over the seed may be necessary on dry or highly erodible sites. Make sure you do not plant invasive species (see DO NOT Plant List).

4). Buy your seed through agricultural supply dealers or native seed nurseries (see links below).

5). Wisconsin’s Forestry Best Management Practices for Water Quality is a great resource for road design, construction, and maintenance.  Get your copy here