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Tea Lane Nursery
Soft Erosion Control Solutions
Over the past year we have been working with property owners along the southern coast of the Island to help restore the coastal embankment due to severe erosion. Following Massachusettes DEP regulations and coordinating with the local conservation commission, we have been successful in installing ‘soft erosion control solutions’. Working with John Keene Excavation in conjunction with ConCom we designed a planting medium optimal for re-vegetation and in compliance with DEP material specifications. In order to minimize negative impact on the environment, all of the construction is done manually using biodegradable and organic materials. Naturalized plantings such as Beach Grass, Bayberry, Rosa Rugosa, and Beach Plum are used to revegetate and maintain the existing landscape. Currently we are working on a similar restoration project, and look forward to doing our part in preserving Martha’s Vineyard.
1. April 2011: Portion of eroded coastal embankment prior to restoration.
2. Beginning stages of rebuilding the embankment using Coir Logs and soil custom blended by John Keene
Excavation and approved by the Conservation Commission.
3. Stage 3: Site prepped with Jute Netting to control wind erosion and help stabilize new plantings.
4. Newly planted embankment with American Beach Grass.
5. August 2011: American Beach Grass and native plantings are established and have stabilized embankment.
6. 2012: Continuing the coastal bank restoration process.
Photos courtesy of Tea Lane Nursery