Putting Down Roots

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We’re putting down roots… on this CurrentCast.

Trees and other plants are nature’s water purifiers. Their roots prevent erosion. And when it rains, they slow runoff, so it filters into the ground.

Trees and shoreline

But when landscaping for clean water, not all plants are equal. Cheryl Nenn of Milwaukee Riverkeeper says native species need less water and fertilizer, and help stabilize the soil.

Nenn: “The root systems of those plants work really hard for you… sometimes the root systems of those plants can be two or three times deeper than the above-ground plant.”

Their roots may be long, but native plants are not short on beauty! Nenn says favorites in her region include black-eyed Susans and asters… so even a gorgeous garden can be part of the solution to water pollution.

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Other interesting links:
So much rain - the consequences in Georgian Bay. Click here for the PDF of Sept 2017 email
Less Lawn, More Native Landscaping Click here.
Less is more when it comes to run-off. Click here.
Sara Carter talks about confronting the realities of more extreme weather events. Click here for the Nov 2017 blog