I plant cover crops when soil is bare, when I see a bald spot of soil. Many plants have specific times for planting recommended on the seed packets, you can usually fudge those by a few weeks.
Dean Howard wrote:Quite a few notables suggest using burlap to keep erosion down on swales. Does anyone know of a Burlap specific thread?... if not:
1) When to plant cover crops, does in the spring, or in the fall work best?
The steeper the slope, the heavier the fabric should be and you will want some "pins" to hold it in place. (I make my pins from tree branches, sharpened on one end)
2) Which weight of burlap works best for different applications?
Trick question? I plant through burlap on areas I've used it. Think of the burlap as an erosion mat, something that holds soil (and seeds) in place while plants start to grow.
3) What is the recommendation of planting below, or above the burlap?... and mulching below, or above the burlap?
Oh, my. So many things that there isn't enough room in one thread to tell them all. Look around permies, there is an encyclopedia of knowledge here for you to draw from. If you ask it, at lest one answer will be given.
4) Old Wisdom... what other things have you learned?
Dean Howard wrote:Thanks BRH
I do have one other question in terms of planting above or below (no, it's not a trick question)...
I wonder if I'm not just feeding the birds or losing it to erosion to plant above it, with a little soil on top, so if I read you correctly, I mix in seeds first and put down burlap w/ no soil on top?
...54 inch wide by 75 yard (150 feet) ...