Greener pastures

Haber Road pasture

The former horse pasture area east of Haber Road is sprouting a mixture of oats and rye planted last month as a cover crop to help stabilize the newly graded soil. The project is part of a long-term storm water control solution folded into the parking lot expansion for the Fredericksen Court residences. A native prairie seed mixture will be planted after the first frost for spring germination. That mix includes wet prairie grasses for the bioswales and water retention areas that help recharge aquifers. Native grasses appropriate for the higher areas and berms also will be planted. Photo by Bob Elbert.