askHrgreen.org
askHRgreen Blog
Upcoming Events for askHrgreen
  • askHRgreen Facebook
  • a
  • askHRgreen YouTube
  • a
  • askHrgreen Newsletter

Living Shorelines

Living Shorelines

Give your shoreline new life!

Many shorelines, especially those on residential properties, have their native plants, grasses and trees replaced with wooden bulkheads and/or rock walls. While the process is designed to prevent erosion, the artificial barrier destroys the natural habitat of birds and aquatic life, and erosion still occurs behind the wall. Additionally, hard shorelines cannot filter rainwater runoff, so pollutants and sediments can easily enter the waterway and harm aquatic life.

A “living” shoreline is one that has been restored to its natural state with native plants, grasses and trees.

  • There are many benefits to living shorelines:
    • They possess the ability to absorb wave energy, thereby reducing shoreline erosion
    • Trees, shrubs and grasses naturally filter pollutants from rainwater runoff, resulting in improved water quality
    • Birds, turtles and aquatic life enjoy an expanded natural habitat
    • Waterfront properties of all types enjoy a boost in waterside "curb appeal"

    Follow our "good" tips to restore your shoreline's beauty and improve water quality.
  • Before beginning any shoreline work, consult your local county or city environmental office. Also check with your local Wetlands Board staff. You don't need a permit to plant if you don't have to bring in additional fill.
  • Understand your site conditions. Is your shoreline eroding? Is your water fresh or brackish? Where is high and low tide?
  • Select native trees, shrubs and grasses that will thrive in this climate zone and your type of water.
  • Plant during the right season. Trees and shrubs needs lots of water when they are first planted, so the spring or fall is the best time. Perennials and grasses should be planted mid- to late-summer so their roots systems have enough time to become established.
  • Protect newly-planted vegetation from hungry ducks and geese by covering it with a mesh fabric anchored by 3-4 tall wooden stakes.
  • Financial assistance for individual landowners interested in developing a living shoreline is available through the Chesapeake Bay Trust Grant for Living Shorelines.
Share a link to this article with someone you know. Fill out the form below to send it to them.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Please submit your question and our regional experts will be back in touch.

We're sorry you are experiencing problems. Please help us improve our site by using this form to report your issue. If possible, mention the operating system, browser type and version you are using.

 

 

LOOKS LIKE FUN!