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Proceedings of Past Forest Nursery Association Meetings:

The Use of Green Overwinter Mulch in the Illinois State Nursery Program
Stauder, Albert F. III
1993: St. Louis, MO
Spring oats are used in conjunction
with hydromulch to provide a green overwinter mulch to the stratifying seed. Spring oats are used to protect the seed and seedbed from washing, and they provide insulation from cold winter temperatures. Because spring oats die in the winter, they eliminate the need for spring herbicide treatments. The Illinois nursery programs use the green overwinter mulch in the production of all species grown that are planted in the fall.
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