Planting on Lakefront Greenbelt - Knowledgebase Question

Pinckney, MI
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Question by larryb2
March 14, 1999
I have 150 ft frontage on a lake, facing west. I would like to enhance the "green belt" along the lake front and keep soil from eroding with out losing the view of my lake. Is there a shrub or ground cover that would stop erosion? My yard is shaded on the Northwest side by 9 oak trees, but there is little afternoon shade on the southwest side (lakeshore runs north to south).

Answer from NGA
March 14, 1999
In my experience, plants like Red Osier Dogwood and Meadowsweet are ideal erosion control plants that also provide color and structure to a setting. Sedges and dwarf evergreens are other options. I can steer you towards a source for plant material -- Prairie Moon Nursery. They specialize in native plants, and have expertise helping gardeners choose the correct plants for various habitats. Contact them at ph# 507/452-1362, or e-mail [email protected]. Another option is to contact your state's native plant society for suggestions: The Michigan Botanical Club, 7951 Walnut Ave., Newaygo, MI 49337, ph# 616/652-2036.

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