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Site preparation is one of the most important and often inadequately addressed components for successfully installing pollinator habitat. These guidelines provide step-by-step instructions, helpful suggestions, and regional timelines & checklists for preparing both small and large sites using:

 - Solarization
 - Smother cropping
 - Repeated shallow cultivation
 - Sheet mulching
 - Soil inversion
 - Organic herbicide applications
 - Sod removal

Written by Sarah Foltz Jordan, Jessa Kay Cruz, Kelly Gill, Jennifer Hopwood, Jarrod Fowler, Eric Lee-Mäder, and Mace Vaughan.


Other Related Resources:

Organic Site Preparation Methods: A Comparative Overview provides a brief overview of these site preparation methods and is intended to help you quickly assess the suitability of each method for a given site.

Click here to see the full list of region-and state-specific Habitat Installation Guides.

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