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Seedling (Plant Group S)
What is This Treatment?
This work involves the planting of small perennial or woody shrubs, typically as supplied by commercial nurseries. Seedling (Plant Group S) are typically between 1.5 and 3 inches in diameter and 8 inches in depth.
When to Use This Treatment?
Use for disturbed slopes or flat areas for revegetation or erosion control purposes. The use of small container plants, rather than seeding, is typically only used where mandated by permit.
- Frequently a more reliable method to revegetate an area than hydroseeding, Seedling (Plant Group S) typically supplement planting provided by hydroseeding or hand seeding.
- Provides immediate visual benefit.
- Vegetation provides long-term control of erosion.
- Can be used in areas with limited vehicular access.
- Availability of specific plant material may be limited. Verify availability before specifying.
- Protection from erosion provided only after plants have begun to grow.
- May require planting during the rainy season or supplemental irrigation to effectively establish plants.
Consider Using This Specification With:
Plans and Details:
- No Standard Plan required.
- Click here to view current awarded bid prices for Seedling (Plant Group S).
- Click here for a 1997 cost survey of Erosion Control pricing.
- Use BEES code 204015, Seedling
- H. Dana Bowers, et al. 1947. Erosion Control on California State Highways
- California Department of Transportation, "TransPlant Seed and Plant Selection Tool", August 2009.
- California Department of Transportation, "Roadside Erosion Control Management Study (RECM)", May 2008.
- California Department of Transportation, "Effective Planting Techniques to Minimize Erosion", January 2004.
- David Steinfield, Scott Riley, Kim Wilkinson, Thomas D. Landis, Lee Riley, et al. 2007. "Roadside Revegetation, An Integrated Approach to Establishing Native Plants" Accessed 2009-07-16
- Michael Hogan, 2009. "Sediment Source Control Handbook, An Adaptive Approach to Restoration of Disturbed Areas" Accessed 2009-07-16.