By: Jennifer Bateman | Friday, June 19, 2015
Over 550 plants. It's a good thing we had good help!
When you think about it, every time an improvement is made to a Minnesota resort, it's a step toward preservation. It's a step toward preserving the resort itself, along with preserving the memories of a Minnesota family vacation that are made every summer. Without resorts, access to Minnesota lakes is limited.
We took a big step toward preservation this past fall and spring by installing a native shoreland buffer. The project started in November with rock work. For details go to my blog post from November. We're happy to announce that none of the rock work was moved or destroyed from all the heaving ice this past winter!
On June 4th the plants arrived, and we were able to get them all in in a single day. By the end of the day, just over 550 native grasses, bushes and flowers were planted along the shoreline north of the dock at the swimming beach, around the dock area, and in the shade area at the south end of the beach. Every plant is native to Minnesota lakes and shoreline, which means they grow well in sandy and rocky conditions. They were also chosen for their strong root systems (once mature the root length ranges from 3 to 8 feet!) and for their flowers. These roots will help hold the shoreline in place (aka preserve) and prevent erosion when our lake level sometimes gets a little high. When they bloom they will attract butterflies and birds. Marsha, the lead on the project who works for Becker County Soil and Water said the plants she selected will provide lots of good color!
So now we are committed to watering to ensure the new plants have a strong start and really take off in their new home. They are all perennials so will come back year after year.
Until next time ~~ Jennifer
Coconut logs were staked in to help prevent future erosion.
Note that plants were planted right into the coconut logs.
Mulching with cedar helps define it.
The mesh and coconut logs will disappear in about five years.
Jennifer blogs about Minnesota resorts. She and her husband, Bob, have been preserving Two Inlets Resort located near Park Rapids, MN for 19 years.