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November 22, 2013

Plants and Erosion Control Go Together

Todays’ Topic: Plants and erosion control

Today erosion control is a real concern for people who are planning any type of landscaping.  Without the proper plants in place mudslides have been known to come down a hill and swallow anything in its path.  Erosion can cause rocks to fall onto busy highways and more.  Plants and erosion control can work together so problems can be avoided.

According to an article from Popular Mechanics, “Grass, ground covers, shrubs, and/or trees can help stabilize embankments by providing a root system to stabilize things. Varying heights of vegetation can stagger rainfall, lessening its impact on the ground.”

Evergreen Plants 

These plants are green all year long.  They offer special protection during the winter and are especially important during the springtime snow melt.  Brass buttons are a favorite and they only grow up to 3 inches tall.

Grasses

There are various types of ornamental grasses that spread through underground stolons.  This is a shoot that bends to the ground or grows level above the ground and makes roots and shoots at the nodes. It’s best to choose ornamental grasses that are low-maintenance, grow at a moderate to fast pace and do well in either shade and exposed to the sun.  Some examples might be mondo, blue fescue or yellow foxtail.

Ground Covers 

It’s important to have good ground cover in place to discourage foot traffic in a particular area.  Regular foot traffic in a specific area can add to erosion.  Many people recommend a variety of ajuga.  It can handle foot traffic and still keep growing.  Juniper, rosemary and buttonbush are also great plants to use.

Perennial Plants 

When winter arrives perennial plants usually die and go back into the ground.  Their roots will help bind the topsoil in place each year during the spring when they grow back.  Lilac-blue blossoms are popular for this as well as bronze beauty.

If you would like to learn how to help nature where you live we can help. Contact us today and learn what you can do to help clean up the natural environment in your neighborhood.

 

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Posted by Mark Contorno.

 

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