|Volunteers planting live stakes into the river bank.|
Live Red Twig Dogwood stakes were planted directly into the stream bank by making 18" holes with a steel rebar. These will create a brilliant splash of color in the winter time.
|Native edible trees and guild plants|
An herbaceous guild supports the edible trees with delicate Eastern Columbine (another nitrogen fixer), Wild Bleeding Heart (a beneficial insect host) and Nodding Onion (a dynamic accumulator), plus shade-loving Green and Gold, Cinnamon Fern (with edible fiddleheads) and Christmas Fern. Existing moss was left intact.
To give these native trees and plants a jump-start and increase their root mass, we added a microbial mycorrhizae innoculant to the soil.
A fully effective riparian buffer would need to extend at least 50' in depth from the stream in order to successfully filter sediment. However, by replacing lawn, this demonstration riparian buffer, once established, will help stabilize the river bank, patch a hole in the wild life corridor, and provide fresh, organic, autumn fruit for the property owners.
|Gunpowder Valley Conservancy volunteers with the finished project.|
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