|Selecting the right planter and understanding its proper use is the first step in developing successful conservation plantings.
Establishing conservation plantings is no easy task. Native seed are often small or fluffy and create a unique set of problems for the conservationist to overcome. Planters must be capable of planting these small, fluffy seeds at a consistent rate and shallow, controlled depth. Planting small seed too deeply is the number one cause of conservation planting failures. Selecting the proper planter with the right configuration of seed boxes and understanding their proper use will greatly increase the odds of successful plantings. In conjunction with handling seed, the planter must also be suited for conditions found at the site, be it rocks and debris, standing plant residue, softly prepared seedbed, or hard packed ground.
The USDA NRCS Plant Materials Program develops technical notes and videos to aid landowners and conservations in developing successful plantings.