Newswise — June 1, 2021 – Turfgrass is typically planted in the soils along roadsides after construction. It provides an effective way to minimize the runoff leaving roads when it rains. But is there an even better option to reduce runoff? The June 1st Soils Matter blog explores the benefits wildflowers bring to roadside soils.

According to blogger Erin Rivers, “Runoff from roads typically contains harmful pollutants and contaminants. Streams, rivers, and lakes can be harmed by these contaminants if the runoff is not infiltrated by soils on the roadside first. In regions that receive a lot of precipitation year-round, this can be a big problem.”

Rivers and her team wanted to see how effectively wildflowers soak up runoff in tilled soils compared to turfgrass. They found both turfgrass and wildflowers absorbed the same amount of runoff, but wildflowers come with other benefits. Besides their aesthetic properties, wildflowers increase pollinator habitat and reduce the need for mowing which causes soil compaction.

Learn more by reading the entire blog: https://soilsmatter.wordpress.com/2021/06/01/do-wildflowers-help-reduce-runoff-in-roadside-soils/

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