Helping restore the native landscape for over 50 years
Founded by Calvin Ernst in 1964, Ernst Conservation Seeds is the largest native seed producer and supplier in the eastern United States.
Find the exact seeds you need for your project using the advanced search and filtering options of our Seed Finder Tool:
Browse all seed mixes and find the one you need using the advanced search and filtering options of our Seed Finder Tool:
Planting the appropriate native seed mixes can significantly reduce the impacts of disturbance activities on the natural habitat. Cultivating native plants supports ecosystem health by creating pollinator-friendly sites, reducing run-off, sequestering carbon and promoting overall soil health.
Our native seed mixes have been specifically designed to provide the maximum environmental benefit while providing equivalent performance to traditional non-native seed mixes. There are mixes available for rights-of-ways and stormwater basins.
Using native seed mixes gives engineers, installers, and project managers a tool to reduce erosion and sedimentation while improving the biodiversity of a site. Other key benefits of planting regionally appropriate native species include increased soil health and water quality.
Seed mixes are formulated for different sites, pH levels, soil conditions and amount of sun. Utility cover mixes include the ERNMX-122 (FACW), ERNMX – 131 (OBL), ERNMX-178 (riparian), pipeline mix with switchgrass, quick erosion control mix, native steep slope mix with annual ryegrass and a mix for strip mines and gas production sites.
Civil engineers, installers, landscape architects and regulators need to consider the intended use of land near a gas well or pipeline and the site’s environmental conditions when selecting the right conservation seed mix. For example, where pipelines pass through forested areas, a pipeline right-of-way can be planted with pollinator friendly mixes. Beyond pollinators, these mixes support other beneficial insects, songbirds, game birds, and other wildlife. Also, these plantings can provide connectivity between high quality habitats along the right-of-way. Our experience has found that appropriate seed mixes with diverse flora support diverse fauna.
A site can be made more beautiful by selecting the appropriate native wildflower meadow mix. The mix selected should take into consideration the site’s slope, hydrology, light conditions and climate. Consideration should also be given for whether there will be walking paths through or along the site for the public to interact with the landscape. A seed mix that supports pollinators will also support other beneficial insects and songbirds.
Sometimes these sites have little or no topsoil. Measures may need to be taken to improve the soil. An option can be to incorporate 1” to 2” of compost into the soil prior to planting.
Ernst Seeds supports customer success and satisfaction by providing advice and resources. Our Seed Finder Tool can assist you with identifying potential seed mixes for your oil and gas project. Should you need assistance with mix selection or custom formulation, our sales team is ready to assist you.
For greatest success with your plantings, visit our online resource center where you will find our establishment guides and seedling gallery. Our establishment guides contain tips on site preparation, planting, and maintenance. To help you confirm that your meadow is growing, see our seedling gallery.
The key to a successful oil and gas cover project is the use of the appropriate native or naturalized species in a seed mix. Some factors that will determine the appropriate species for your site are your climate, soil condition, light exposure and site hydrology.
Contact us with your questions about using seed for oil and gas utility cover, and don’t forget to check out our Seed Finder Tool. Please complete the form at the bottom of the page or call us at 800-873-3321.
Panicum virgatum, Variety Not Stated
Panicum amarum, Atlantic-VA Ecotype
Andropogon gerardii, Albany Pine Bush-NY Ecotype
Schizachyrium scoparium, 'Blaze'
Panicum virgatum, Long Island-NY Ecotype
Schizachyrium scoparium, 'Itasca', MN Ecotype