This study was initiated to develop guidelines for maintenance erosion control measures for steep slopes. The study focused on evaluating and monitoring KY-31 fescue germination rates using two media treatments 1) 100 percent by weight compost and 2) 70 percent compost with 30 percent soil) with different seeding rates on a pilot project to establish vegetation on slopes with grades of 3:1 or steeper.
The pilot program demonstrated that weed infestation and erosion problems on slopes can be minimized by use of properly formulated compost with sufficient seed. It also showed that the seeding rate of 1 lb/1,000 ft2 slope area currently employed by KYTC for erosion control was not sufficient for the steeper slopes.
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Palle, Sudhir; Higgins, Stephen F.; and Hopwood, Theodore II, "Compost for Steep Slope Erosion" (2008). Kentucky Transportation Center Research Report. 78.