Landscaping is one of the most important features of your property. It is the easiest way to improve and protect your property from erosion.
Natural vegetation has the biggest impact to prevent wearing away on the riverbank. Banks that are bare of vegetation can quickly erode and damage your land.
- Willows and Cottonwoods are examples of types of trees that form deep roots.
- The deep roots can protect the soil from being washed away.
- The trees also absorb the trauma of heavy rainfall.
Learn more about native riparian plants and animals in Montana.
This property owner left the natural vegetation in place. Removal of these willows, to improve the view, will likely cause an increase in erosion. This could lead to an expensive bank-stabilization project.
This property owner removed native shrubs and replaced them with a lawn. Lawns have shallow roots and are not effective at stopping erosion. Allowing a barrier of deep-rooted trees and shrubs will save your eroding lawn. It also maintains the natural functions needed for healthy fisheries.
The largest cause of this failing bank was overwatering of the turf grass. This allowed water to pool on the surface.