By Sarah Foltz Jordan, Jessa Kay Cruz, Kelly Gill, Jennifer Hopwood, Jarrod Fowler, Eric Lee-Mäder, and Mace Vaughan.
Site preparation is one of the most important and often inadequately addressed components for successfully installing pollinator habitat. These guidelines provide step-by-step instructions, helpful suggestions, and regional timelines & checklists for preparing both small and large sites using:
- Smother cropping
- Repeated shallow cultivation
- Sheet mulching
- Soil inversion
- Organic herbicide applications
- Sod removal
Use this document with the timeline(s) & checklist(s) applicable to your region, available at right.
Organic Site Preparation Methods: A Comparative Overview provides a brief overview of these site preparation methods and is intended to help you quickly assess the suitability of each method for a given site.