Youngblood Stream Repair, the Following Weeks: GROWTH AND RESTABILIZATION
After One Week
All of the work
was completed in one day. These progress shots show the recovery
of the streambanks over the following weeks.
We planted fast-growing rye as well as slower-growing fescue and other grasses under the fiber cover.
Note that the cover's strips are overlapped uphill, much like breaking waves, to prevent high water from getting underneath.
After Two Weeks
The bright green grass shooting up is the rye. It stabilizes the banks quickly -- but rye is an annual, and will die back in the summer, allowing the long-lasting fescue and other grasses to take over.
After One Month
||The secret to
successful streambank repair is the angle of the bank. Properly cut, it
will prevent erosion by giving no fixed resistance while slowing the water flow.
As the slower grasses grow, they swallow the cover, which will rot away and disappear in a few years. By then, the roots of the grasses and shrubs will be firmly holding the soil of a fully healed streambank.