Can I plant native plants in my roadside? What are the policies/procedures?
Hardin County IRVM plants roadsides into native vegetation where it is feasible, both from a safety and functional standpoint, but also from an economic standpoint. Hardin County does allow landowners to plant native vegetation into the right of way. The vegetation chosen cannot be so tall as to cause visibility problems, snow drifting problems, etc. The IRVM Program can help you choose the correct plant species for your location. Please keep in mind that the right of way has many users, such as the County Secondary Road Department, utilities, snowmobilers, etc. and that the area may be occasionally disturbed. Hardin County shoulder mows all over the county road system and native plantings are included in that mowing as well as occasional ditch bottom and back slope mowing.

Plantings must comply with the County’s Noxious Weed Policy and Brush Control Policy. Before you purchase seed, start work, etc. it is a good idea to contact the County Roadside Vegetation Manager to be sure your plant selection and location are suitable and you have the proper permits.

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1. What is roadside wildlife habitat?
2. Can I plant native plants in my roadside? What are the policies/procedures?
3. What can I plant into the Right of Way?
4. Who do I call if I have a road visibility/other concern?
5. What do I do if I have noxious weeds in the roadside?
6. How do I get a "Do Not Spray" sign?