It has been two years since the east side of the stretch of Little Swamp Creek that flows through our yard was re-planted with a riparian zone of native streamside plants, and one year since the west side was planted. It's about time for some before and after photos to show off the success.
Here's what's happened on the east side of the stream -
|The south half of the eastern bank, right after planting in 2009|
|The south half of the eastern bank, two years later|
|The back corner in 2009|
|The back corner in 2011|
|Northwest section right after planting|
|Northwest section now|
We added some new mulch on the west side of the stream earlier this spring, both because it was a little thinner over there and because we lost some mulch in one particularly dramatic flooding event this winter.
Some of the plants are starting to spread out via runners -