Landscaping waterfront property and providing a natural shoreline with native species generally includes planting or providing the waterfront with native vegetation that provides shelter, shade, and food for fish and wildlife. Here are a few considerations:
- Plant trees along the lakeshore to provide shade for your home. Shoreline trees are also an important food source for fish as terrestrial insects fall into the water.
- Native woody plants and grasses hold soil in place to prevent shoreline erosion.
- Shoreline plants intercept runoff from properties that could contain nutrients (like phosphorus) and chemicals that would otherwise flow into the lake.
- Un-mowed native grasses discourage Canada geese from moving onto your property and provide habitat.
- This will require some maintenance during the first year as the native plants become established and may require cutting back of vegetation in the spring. But then maintenance will be significantly diminished compared to turf grass.
- Please see list of contractors in our area that can assist with design and implementation.
Why Native Plants?
Plants native to this area are adapted to our region’s soils and climate. They are tolerant of fluctuating water levels and are more resistant to disease. They are also the preferred plants for native birds and butterflies. Their root systems are deep and help soak up excess nutrients and water.
Consider a Rain Garden.
These are designed as shallow depressions that capture excess water (from hard surface like roof, driveway, or sidewalk). They swell with water (which may contain pollutants or excess fertilizer) during a rain event but the native plantings allow water to slowly soak back into the ground.