Riparian planting is planted with native species mainly for environmental reasons. A planted riparian buffer is a streamside or riparian forest buffer and includes native trees, shrubs, and grasses. Riparian buffers are a best management practice to protect stream water quality, reduce streambank erosion, and provide wildlife habitat.
Planning is the first step in planting plans. First, to identify the goals for the riparian area, then select a design and plant materials to achieve your goals.
Riparian buffers protect surface water by intercepting runoff. Plant roots anchor the stream bank and help prevent erosion. Vegetation in the buffer slows the water, increasing infiltration and allowing sediment deposition. This allows nutrients, chemicals, and other pollutants to be removed. Riparian forest buffers also stabilize streambanks and provide shaded areas for aquatic habitat, and food and cover for terrestrial organisms and birds.
These riparian buffers typically consist of three zones: trees near the stream, then shrubs, and then 30 feet or more of grasses.
All-Terrain Consulting has extensive experience designing planting plans for all of your needs and has a landscaping architect on staff to help you achieve your goals.
Call All-Terrain Consulting to help design your next planting plan and get it approved through your local municipality, or call us with any questions at (778) 230-4174.