Live Stakes & Wetland Plant Restoration

Depending on the local conditions, several other trees are useful live stakes. Snowberry (Symphorycarpos albus), salmonberry (Rubus spectablis) and many cottonwoods, including the black cottonwood (Populus balsamifera ssp. trichocarpa) grow excellent roots for strength. Planting these live stakes stabilize road slopes and bluffs and avoid landslides. They also provide shade to choke invasive weeds.Folks learned how to protect live stakes during the first year or two while they become established. One helpful hint is to plant the stakes so half their length is buried in the earth. Coconut fiber rolls are among plant products helpful in protecting the stakes. Many plant species grow quickly and protect the fledgling live stakes.

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Some popular wetland plants provide multiple benefits to sustaining and repairing the wetland environment. These include the tall, green and lovely wood reedgrass and the shorter riverbank wild rye. Both kinds of grass are essential parts of healthy stream banks and floodplains. They produce seeds enjoyed by many birds and animals.Hard stem bulrush plants along with fox sedge are wetland natives that attract birds and deter soil erosion. Other native wetland plants include the three square rush which regenerates saltwater stands and brackish marshes. Grasses, rushes and the sedge family plants mitigate against problems by maintaining healthy, strong wetlands,

While the goal might be to repopulate the wetland area with birds and animals, take precautions to protect live stakes from wildlife mowing them down. Gentle beavers will level entire stands of poplars and other wetland trees unless deterred by protective fencing. Discourage deer and other animals from feeding on the saplings, but enjoy the birds and animals that thrive once the live stakes become established, full trees.