Here is a loooong overdue update of how the planting in the stream buffer behind our fence is doing. Our friends at Adopt-A-Stream gave us some biodegradable surveying tape to mark the plants so they show up a little better in photos. I marked everything I could find that is still alive, so here you go ---
|Before - 11/2010|
|11/2011, a year after planting|
These next three shots are basically a panorama, starting with looking south across the large area next to the stream and ending up looking west toward the stream, which you can't see, but it is on the other side of the group of trees in the middle of the third shot -
Here is a view of this same area but looking northeast, right after planting last year -
...and here it is now -
The reed canary grass is obviously still here, and the plan for our neighbor to mow between the beds to keep it down didn't pan out, mostly because it is so sloppy wet in this area. Eric went back there with a string trimmer periodically, and I pulled grass runners out of the beds this fall.
Here are shots of various planting beds. Unfortunately the live stakes are loosing their leaves due to fall and a bunch of the willow leaves have been nibbled by deer, so it will be hard for you to tell how well they are doing. Keep in mind that everything marked with orange tape is living -
Here's an example of what these beds started out looking like a year ago -
Here are some of the live stakes that were poked in along the stream bank. And a peak-a-boo shot of the stream -
This is looking toward the southern boundary of the planted area. There are a lot of surviving live stakes here -
Here is the view standing uphill and looking west. I'm concerned about the blackberry vines from the neighboring property overwhelming this area -
|Same area right after planting|
|Poor little Douglas Fir being surrounded by blackberries|
These next three shots are of the part of the project that is the furthest away from the stream -
|Right after planting|
The blackberries are definitely returning to this area, too, which is the only bummer I see back there behind the fence. I know from the way the new plants have grown along the stream in our yard that this project is going to look incredible in another year or two.
And speaking of which, I have a bunch of pictures to share of how amazing the stream-side restoration in our yard looks now. I will share those in a separate post. Soon!