What mixes can I plant for erosion?
There is no one silver bullet for controlling erosion. Often, it can be a combination of abiotic work (moving dirt) coupled with biological best management practices (establishing cover, management changes). Plant mixes intended for erosion control are often “heavy” on grass and light on broadleaves.
Cool season grass mixes (orchardgrass, timothy, redtop) often help “armor” soil, can establish relatively quickly, and grow vigorously during wet spring and fall months. Warm season mixes (switchgrass, big bluestem, Indiangrass) provide stiff stemmed resistance to overland flow, support extensive root systems that allow for enhanced water infiltration, and support overall soil health.