Planting Guide

In eastern North America, there is a wide variety of native and naturalized vegetation to replicate. Most planting objectives fall into the following categories:

  • Erosion control and soil & water stabilization
  • Beautification and enhancement of landscapes
  • Biodiversity and wildlife habitat enhancement & restoration
  • Bioremediation to correct environmental problems
  • Historical, cultural & ecological restoration
  • Pollinator habitat for honeybees and native pollinators

The use of environmentally friendly, native plants saves time and money by reducing water, chemical, fertilizer and maintenance needs. Select a combination of species that creates the landscape desired. Your goals should be compatible with site conditions that cannot be altered. Native plant communities can be selected to meet all site conditions.

Please review each section below for information regarding seed mix selection and seeding methods. Matching the functional goals of your site and site conditions to the appropriate seed mix will lead to greater project success. The seed mixes noted in each section serve as a guide and can be customized to your specific needs and those of your site and ecological region.

Please refer to Tools & Seeding Methods for information on various planting methods and equipment.