Live Stakes Help Curb Erosion
Live stakes cut sections of woody plants that place in a slope — planting these a great way to control erosion. These cut from a hardy species which will take root quickly in the soil. The roots will help to stabilize the sloped soil as the live stakes grow into shrubby bushes — live stakes used in stream banks. Stream banks very quickly erode due to the moving water and the wetness of the soil. Planting these brings stability to the stream bank that wasn't possible before. Live stakes are also high for hillside properties, and in areas with high precipitation that suffer a lot of erosion due to runoff. They are best planted in the fall and spring, to ensure that the cuttings will root well.
Live Stake Uses In Soil Retention
Soil retention and erosion are complex issues, especially in the face of environmental change. Scientists are always looking to find the ideal solution to prevent or mitigate erosion and lost vegetation. Although there are many options available, one of the most viable appears to be live stakes, which are also called live cuttings or pole plantings. Instead of using artificial stakes, this method uses a plant's natural defense – the root system – to provide fast protection against erosion. In addition to protecting the area against erosion, this is also a low-cost and practical solution to avoid soil and stream bank degradation.
Live Stakes Applicability
Live staking is adaptable to many places where plants take root: alongside streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds. Live staking is most beneficial in areas with a minimal chance of washout. Live staking is considered to be a preventative method for curtailing erosion; Therefore, it is best applied to a surface area before severe decay occurs. Advantage of live stakes is that they are much more mature than seedlings. Which makes them much stronger and more resilient when it comes to mitigating the impact of erosion. Since live staking works in harmony with the surrounding environment, it can also work in tandem with the local vegetation.
Live Stakes Overall Value
On its own, live staking is undoubtedly a standalone erosion control method. Its effectiveness, if used in combination with other erosion control techniques; such as steep slopes and riverbanks that have traditionally had higher erosion rates.
Live Stakes Are Used In Wetlands Also For Restoration
Wholesale Nursery Company’s selection includes Button Bush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) which grow well in shallow water or on the edge of ponds. It also works well in woodland areas, low spots, and even borders. Red Ozier Dogwood will have great red color all winter long and looks outstanding against the snow. Great for ponds, streams or river banks, as it prefers a wetter area. Planting these is a great way to control erosion with a natural method that is inexpensive and highly effective.
Top Selling Live Stakes Are Black Willows, Elderberry and River Birch