Compost has been evaluated as a stormwater best management practice for erosion control, but site revegetation is the ultimate goal of most stormwater plans. In this study, three different composts applied as a surface layer or mulch at two depths of 5 and 10 cm were compared with topsoil and subsoil as a medium for crop growth and weed suppression during revegetation of a highway right-of-way. Compost was shown to be as effective as topsoil and subsoil controls for crop growth, while significantly reducing growth of weed species. There were no significant differences between 5- and 10-cm depths of composts, indicating that the shallower depth would be adequate for establishing a cover crop and achieving weed suppression. Compost mulches offer promising opportunities for crop and weed management during revegetation of roadsides and other disturbed landscapes.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Applied Engineering in Agriculture|
|State||Published - Sep 1 2007|
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