Erosion Control and Wetland Plants
In the southeast one of the main issues concerning pond repairs is shoreline or slope erosion.
While the sand on the beaches and clay in the piedmont are appropriate for those areas, they are not great for stable shorelines of ponds. These repairs can be costly and Carolina Pond and Stormwater can certainly help fix these issues, but we can also present you with innovative and biological ways to decrease the chances of erosion.
There are two types of erosion, shoreline and slope.
Shoreline erosion is normally caused by wind wave action over a course of time. This can usually be easily identified by seeing undulations in the shoreline and areas that have fallen off into the pond. The good news is that this can easily be prevented with the use of wetland plants. These plants provide a buffer between the water and the shoreline, thus preventing the wind/wave action from eating into the shoreline. Also, coir logs can be used in conjunction with the plants to provide an immediate buffer, while the plants mature.
Some communities have manicured turf all the way to the waterline, which is not necessarily great for shoreline erosion, but a well grassed slope will help to prevent slope erosion. If slope erosion had a mantra, it would be “green is good.” It doesn’t matter if there is manicured centipede, or natural vegetation on the slope as long as there is a barrier between the soil and atmosphere. If you do have areas of slope erosion let Carolina Pond and Stormwater help bring these areas back to green!