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Develop your planting plan and list of species. This bank had some good perennial grasses already growing on it. All we had to do was spice it up with some native shrubs and native perennials. Weeds have been hand removed.
Fill in the rills…
Use the same type of soil to fill in the gullies.
When it has rained enough in the fall or winter to have good moisture in the soil, layout flags according to the plan.
Mark your flags with the plant code to match your plants ordered with your planting.
Assemble your plant materials and tools and a competent crew.
Many cutbanks are infertile, because the topsoil has been removed. If this is the case, mixing 1 teaspoon of a good slow release fertilizer (8-9 month) into the soil at the bottom of the planting hole can aid native plant establishment.
Keep your native plants cool and roots moist before planting and plant in the cool of the morning or evening to reduce plant stress.
Achillea millefolium Common Yarrow was destined to do fine in this planting.
Artemsia tridentata Big Sagebrush established well.
Several other species also established in this challenging situation of southwestern exposure and late March planting in the Walla Walla Valley: Ericameria nauseosus Rubber Rabbitbrush, Eriogonum umbellatum Sulfur Buckwheat, Penstemon fruticosus Shrubby Penstemon, Penstemon richardsonii Cutleaf Penstemon. November through February would have been better timing for this planting.
Use our Estate Plug™ native grasses like this Idaho fescue, if your site does not have desirable grasses.
Grasses are a very good soil stabilizing plant and many of our perennials, shrubs and trees will also help stop erosion. The primary consideration to select species is: how much precipitation does the site get? Then choose species that will survive with the natural precipitation. Try to find some native vegetation growing nearby in similar circumstances and match that if you can. Call your local Native Plant Society Chapter to find local expertise on native plants for your site. Native Plant Societies. Call your local county extension agent or master gardener for more local native plant information.
 

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