Developing Your Newbury Shoreline
Owning a waterfront property can be amazing. Whether your Newbury home lies along a creek, a river, or Lake Sunapee itself, proximity to water is sure to elevate your daily experience. When it comes to your landscape, waterfront vegetation can provide both aesthetic and practical benefits.
One of these practical benefits is the stability that root systems provide against erosion. Rain and snowmelt can be damaging when large amounts of water run off into rivers, lakes, or streams. Over time, the force of erosion can significantly compromise your shoreline. Living plants help establish the shoreline by stabilizing the soil and keeping it in place. In a way, waterside landscaping acts as a natural retention wall.
Along with providing structure, shoreline landscaping also helps purify water. When plants soak up water that they need to survive. They process it and release it back into the atmosphere in the form of pure water vapor. This cycle captures water impurities within the plant, removing these impurities from the larger environment. In a waterfront setting, vegetation protects the nearby body of water by filtering out the impurities contained in runoff.
The great thing about semi-aquatic plants is that they typically need very little maintenance. Flowers such as lobelia and pickerelweed collect water runoff from your property and absorb it before it reaches the lake. In times of heavy rain, water-loving plants are well suited to soggy conditions. In general, if you pick the right plant, you can add floral beauty to your waterfront while limiting your maintenance needs. Along with water-loving plants, you can also spruce up your waterfront area with more traditional shrubs or flowers. You also may consider an inviting lakeside sitting area with a swing, fire pit, or patio. There’s nothing quite like peaceful time spent by the water.