To address stream bank erosion, carefully select some native vegetation, plant ground covering and afterwards plant trees and shrubs. Pay attention not only to which plants prevent erosion but also to which plants benefit the local environment.
Choose a selection of trees, shrubs, vines, grass and other ground cover. Select erosion-resistant perennials with strong root systems. Avoid invasive species that overrun the banks or choke waterways. Tall trees are inappropriate for narrow brooks but fine for wide streams. Keep aesthetics in mind as well when choosing native species of plants.
Before planting shrubs and trees, prepare the ground covering. Avoid the use of fertilizers that damage the ecosystem of the stream. Attractive grasses that hold soil well include reed canary grass, purple three-awn and fescue. Add other appropriate ground covering such as fuschia, zinnia, pineleaf penstemon, wild grape vine and various types of fern.
Plant larger shrubs and trees for long-term erosion control. One of the most popular trees for holding river banks together is the willow. Other suitable trees that do not grow out into the water include alders, sycamores, ashes, maples and walnuts. To complement the trees and ground cover and further protect the soil, plant shrubs such as dogwood, snowberry, blackberry, gooseberries, currants or three-leaf sumac.
To harvest potatoes, dig up a test plant, test the skin for maturity, and remove the vines and mulch. Next, lift each plant with a potato fork, pull off the potatoes, replace the plants and gather the potatoes. This process requires a rake, a sickle, a potato fork and baskets.Full Answer >
Creole tomatoes produce a meaty fruit that resists cracking. Researchers at Louisiana State University developed these plants specifically for the hot, humid summers of their state. Expect the first tomatoes two months after transplanting.Full Answer >
Tomatoes that rot on the bottom during growth suffer from blossom end rot, which comes from a number of different deficiencies both inside and outside the tomato. Calcium deficiency, excess nitrogen fertilizer, excess salinity, extreme soil pH and root damage are all possible causes.Full Answer >
Mandevilla vines can be brought indoors during the winter months and treated like a houseplant or stored in a temperate place until spring, according to the University of Illinois. Regular care includes trimming when needed and watering at least once a week.Full Answer >