Sow and Grow Along the ROW

April 28, 2016

Three Reasons Why Selecting the Right Grass Seed is Important

According to data collected by Oil & Gas Journal 10,674 miles of pipeline were completed in 2016 and every square inch of the right of way had to be restored to its original condition. How do companies like M&M Pipelines, a leader in pipeline ROW restoration choose the right seed mix?

Choosing the right grass seed can be complicated, consider that grass grown in hot climates is different than grass for colder regions, mountainous terrain or even range lands. To properly address the issue, the country’s best Right of Way restoration companies will have a full time Agronomist on staff to insure the seed mix is the right one for the project. It takes a highly trained Agronomist to understand the grass for every environmental condition. Three reasons why it’s important.

#1 Environmental Awareness Hits the Top of the List

The Agronomist is trained to choose a seed variety that is best suited for the chemical and biological characteristics of the soil, sustains the health of the underlying top soil and takes into consideration climate and rain averages. Gone are the days when any old grass seed mixture would be used, Agronomist will often test the soil for its mineral and moisture content. According to University of Kentucky’s William Thom, “Soil testing has been viewed as a means to assess a soil’s ability to retain added nutrients against losses to lakes, rivers, streams and ponds through runoff or leaching. “

#2 Maintain Slope Stability, Avoid Hill Slippage and/or Run Off

Planting of shrubs and grasses are very effective in providing a strong interlocking root network to increase the stability of a slope. When addressing the restoration of a pipeline ROW in mountainous regions, the Agronomist will consider more than a hearty grass seed, but also shrubs which have a deeper roots and require low maintenance. The Agronomist will choose the grass seed mix and shrubs based on topography, hydrology, geology, environment and again the quality of the soil.

#3 Landowner is the King of the Castle

A high performing Right of Way Restoration expert knows it is Best Management Practices to be involved in the pipeline construction planning from the beginning. What type of grass seed will address the needs of the landowner? Is the land used for livestock, crops or an individual’s back yard? Working with the landowner in advance of construction and restoration will avoid costly mistakes and possible lawsuits. Once the rough grade soil is back in place, M&M will enter the scene to perform final grading, reclamation, landowner requests (including fencing, easement maintenance and repairs and removal of E&S controls) and ongoing monitoring, including weekly post-rain event inspections and reporting.”

Combining environmental issues, slope stability and landowner issues to choose the best seed mixture for pipeline construction restoration projects will insure a successful job and happy customers.