The area around the right of way will become bare and empty, nothing left but bland soil. By applying a seeding mixture to the bare soil, we can begin the process of restoring the area. In addition to adding beauty to the area of the easement, the plants that grow from the seeding will stabilize the area and provide fresh, clean air for the surrounding area. Eventually, instead of a desolate, dusty area of soil, there will be a small field of plants that keep the area looking nice.
Whenever we do a restoration project, we will also lay down mulch. The mulch helps reduce the erosion of the area, protecting the seeding beneath so it can grow without being washed or blown away. There are different types of mulching that we can use, but straw works really well and has been known to help with the retention of moisture in a safer way, ensuring that the seeding is being used efficiently.
After the seeding is placed and covered with the mulch, we will monitor the progress of the natural restoration. If some of the mulching has been removed, either due to weather or other factors, we can replace it and any seeding that may have been affected. As we monitor the area, we will make sure vegetation is coming in properly. Once the area has been restored to its natural beauty, the restoration is complete.