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Designing and using native seed mixes

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Online course


Julia Bohnen, CFANS researcher
bohne001@umn.edu or 612-624-0779

Many ecological restoration projects rely on revegetation from seed. This course discusses steps for effectively designing and using a seed mix, from choosing appropriate species to preparing the planting site.

Steps covered

  • Assessing the need to seed
  • Seed biology
  • Designing seed mixes
  • Acquiring and storing seeds
  • Preparing to seed
  • Seeding
  • Post-seeding management


  • Evaluate whether there are seed sources on-site or in the landscape that could contribute to revegetation
  • Design seed mixes so restored vegetation supports ecosystem functions and project goals
  • Obtain adequate supplies of seed and handle it so it stays viable
  • Prepare a site to be sowed
  • Install native seed
  • Manage sites following sowing to promote native plant establishment

This course is part of a certificate program. 

Prerequisite: Site assessment and setting restoration goals.

View other courses in the Ecological Restoration Online series




Preregistration closes Sept. 26.

No refunds will be issued for cancellations after registration closes. Cancellations prior to the close of registration will be fully refunded minus transaction fees.

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