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Posted on: January 6, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Erosion Control is not Impossible During the Winter

Snow seeding, snow mulching, and other practices make it possible to stay compliant with permit requirements and get a jump start on spring stabilization. Learn more here…

Erosion and sediment control is required in the winter for active construction sites. Unpredictable thaws and spring snowmelt mean that measures have to be in place to reduce pollution to local waterbodies. Here are some options for the winter:

- Snow Seeding: Even in winter seeding can be done and is recommended for some native plants. Broadcast seed over the affected area just prior to or during a major snow event where the snow will stay on the ground (not melt immediately); or, broadcast seed on top of snow during an active freeze thaw period. The snow will keep the seed in place. The freeze thaw cycles of winter will eventually work the seeds into the soil.

- Snow Mulching: Hay, straw, and prairie mulch erosion control can be applied directly on top of the snow during or just prior to a snow event. The snow will keep the mulch in place as it thaws and freezes.

- Frozen Ground: Hay, straw, and prairie mulches can be installed using a tackifier as long as the temperature is above 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Other mulches, like woodchips and gravel, do not require tacking or discing and can be installed directly on frozen ground regardless of the temperature. Hydromulches can also be installed directly on frozen ground with the exception of special products that require a curing time.

These helpful tips can be found in the Erosion and Sediment Control Pocket Guide developed by the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

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