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Live Stakes

Live Stakes Help Curb Erosion

Live stakes are cut sections of woody plants that are placed in a slope. Planting these a great way to control erosion. These are 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 are most often 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, which don't offer as much resilience, 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. 




Another benefit of live staking is that it is widely applicable. Live staking is adaptable to many places where plants take root, including alongside streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds. Live staking is most beneficial in places where there is minimal to moderate erosion and where the area will suffer 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 erosion occurs. An 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 and local soil to stabilize and provide a more in-depth anchor system for other plants, trees, and soil in the area. 


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On its own, live staking is undoubtedly a standalone erosion control method. But its effectiveness can be furthered if it is used in combination with other erosion control techniques. This is especially true in areas that can benefit from additional fortification, such as steep slopes and riverbanks that have traditionally had higher erosion rates. Another factor to take into consideration is that because live staking involves using the roots of living plants, the local environment should be considered before planting to make sure that the roots are adapted to those specific conditions.

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