Grass Seeding

The Agricultural Service Board is responsible for re-seeding grass to newly constructed roads, borrow areas and reclamation sites owned by the County. Direction is also provided to contractors and developers seeding new roadsides, Municipal Reserve lands and utility rights-of-way.

Seed Mix Standard

The following standards are advised to promote grass growth on disturbed areas, prevent soil erosion, and reduce weed infestations.

The base grass-seed mix is:

  • 55% Creeping Red Fescue #1 Certified
  • 30% Tall Fescue #1 Certified
  • 15% Slender Wheat Grass #1 Common

The above seed mix is seeded at 100 lbs/acre and supplemented with a ½ bushel/acre of annual rye or winter wheat to encourage greening and act as a cover crop.

All contractors or developers seeding a roadside, Municipal Reserve or utility right-of-way in the county must follow the above standards.

Privately-owned borrow areas are seeded to the original, pre-construction mix. Any other special requirements should be communicated to the County’s Infrastructure and Operations department at the road agreement stage.

Seed Mix Testing

All seed must be tested for Fusarium graminearum.  A “Certificate of Seed Analysis” from the supplier must be submitted to Agricultural Services for approval prior to purchasing any grass seed. This ensures that all seed used is free of weeds and is of the highest quality.

Seeding Deadlines

All re-seeding must be completed no later than the spring following the previous summer’s construction.

Contact

Agricultural Services
403.230.1401
agservices@rockyview.ca