One of the most important steps you can take to protect any water body is maintaining a waterside 10-foot “low-maintenance zone.” Do not mow, fertilize, or use pesticides in this zone. Protect native aquatic plants such as giant bullrush and maidencane and remove invasive exotic species like water hyacinth and purple loosestrife. A stormwater pond or canal can become an aesthetically pleasing and lively place, edged with plants and home to wildlife.
- The low-maintenance zone means less mowing
- You may see increased wildlife activity with the addition of shoreline plants
- Flood-tolerant plants along the water’s edge are known to help reduce contaminants in water
- The diversity of flowering and other plants enhances the beauty of the waterfront
INSTRUCTOR: Michelle Leonard-Mularz, UF/IFAS Extension Monroe County Environmental Horticulture Agent