Mid Atlantic Gardening forum: Suggestions for a stream bank

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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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RickM
Dec 25, 2018 12:38 PM CST

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My sister has a stream at the end of her property in NC. With all of the rain, the stream is really eroding the bank and cutting into her yard. She can't put in anything to alter the course of the stream. (They tried that a few years ago, and a nosy neighbor called the state DER. They told her the existing can stay, but no modifications... or else.)

The stream has multiple S-bends that speed up the water flow.

She's looking for something that has deep roots, tolerates shade and grows fast.

Any suggestions?
Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
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Eric4home
Dec 25, 2018 5:44 PM CST
If she doesn't want it trimmed like lawn using native grasses and plants found in fresh water estuaries would be ideal solution.
You don't mention where in NC, East, plains,mtns????
Her local extension service would probably be the best source of materials available. Ergo in compliance with DER. I know Pa. and the Bay foundation offer assistance in stabilizing stream banks to create buffers for reducing agricultural runoff. Smiling

http://www.ncstategardening.or...

http://www.cbf.org/about-cbf/o...
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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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RickM
Jan 1, 2019 11:38 AM CST

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While researching fern as an option, I came across this...


Matteuccia is a genus of ferns with one species Matteuccia struthiopteris (common names ostrich fern,[4] fiddlehead fern or shuttlecock fern). It is a crown-forming, colony-forming plant, occurring in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in central and northern Europe,[5] northern Asia,[6] and northern North America.[7] The species epithet struthiopteris comes from Ancient Greek words, struthio meaning ostrich and pterion meaning wing.

It grows from a completely vertical crown, favoring riverbanks and sandbars, but sends out lateral stolons to form new crowns. It thus can form dense colonies resistant to destruction by floodwaters.

And, damn if I didn't find a site selling 25 crowns for $40.00, including shipping!

Guess where some of my Christmas cash is going. Whistling

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crawgarden
Jan 1, 2019 12:00 PM CST
If they find their happy place they will go crazy, I have them on a side of hill thats very dry, but they have settled in nicely.
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