The Natural Edge program is designed to help landowners create a natural shoreline by planting a selection of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses suitable for their property. The plants help reduce soil erosion, improve water quality by filtering runoff, and provide essential habitat, including shelter and food for over 90% of wildlife. Healthy layers of vegetation including trees, shrubs, ground cover, grasses, flowers, and aquatic vegetation benefit wildlife, protect these shorelines from degrading, and support natural processes that are essential to a healthy watershed.
In 2021 and 2022 we plan to work with two landowners to complete site visits and create two shoreline re-naturalization starter kits. The kits include, among other things, 50 native plants (35 bare root and 10 potted plants, and 5 wildflowers), tree guards for all deciduous trees, and mulch for wildflowers. If you are interested in a shoreline re-naturalization kit please contact us.
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Funding support for the Natural Edge Program provided by the RBC Foundation through RBC Tech for Nature!