Ecological Restoration Specialists

Information Sheets

The following information sheets are available as pdf files:

Nursery topics

Please see our catalog for information on more nursery topics

Project planning

Site preparation

  • Earthwork and site preparation – recommendations on timing, decompaction, habitat features, and weed control
  • Mulches – table outlining functions, recommended depth, sources, and costs for various mulch materials (wood chips, bark, straw, etc.)
  • Compost – descriptions of various products available and a discussion on different types of applications
  • Compost socks – an explanation of this erosion control technique, including installation specifics
  • Girdling trees – an overview of how girdling works, the best tools to use and which species can be girdled
  • Soil treatments – drawbacks and benefits for fertilizers, amendments, and mulches to help you choose the best treatment for your project site
  • Limiting soil compaction – reduce impact on a planting site through comprehensive site assessment, planning and scheduling, and low-impact practices and techniques
  • Restoring compacted soils – foster a healthier soil through mulch, soil amendments and various decompaction methods

Weed control

Vegetation

Please see our catalog for more information on vegetation and species selection topics

Soils

Installation

  • Plant storage and care on site – as you are getting ready to receive plants at your installation site, consider how to best care for them until they go in the ground
  • Planting tips – recommendations on planting depth, root disturbance, watering in, and staking; link to planting video and brochure produced by WSU Cooperative Extension: Plant it Right
  • Planting diagram – drawing of a well-installed plant
  • Plant protectors – information on protecting plants from wildlife and the benefits of tree shelters
  • Weed cloth – installation specifics and uses of weed cloth (also known as landscape fabric)
  • Erosion control fabric – information on various types of products available and installation specifics
  • What to do about beavers!?! – ecological role of beavers, effects on restoration projects and how you can protect your plantings
  • What to do about geese!?! – the effects on restoration projects by Canada geese and how you can protect your plantings
  • Fascine installation – how and why to use fascines for site stabilization projects
  • Summer irrigation – descriptions and recommendations of irrigation systems for summer watering, especially important for spring plantings

Stormwater Management

General