It's another exciting Cost Share Project Year. We're a little slow getting started due to the pandemic, but erosion doesn't slow or stop because of a virus. We hope to get these projects started soon or early in 2021. Stay Tuned!
Wisconsin River Project
Diamond Lake Project - Completed in November, 2020
Cost for the Diamond Lake project was in the $7,500 range. The project was just recently completed. Cost Share Grants helped fund the Native plantings and the Rain Gardens. The Homeowner provided their own additions of rock around the foundation and the fieldstone walkway.
In the above "After" photo, this area was seeded in late fall with sedge seed: porcupine sedge, bottlebrush sedge and fox sedge. Shear force was used as a protective layer in this approach to the lake. The seed will grow in and cover all the matting in a couple of years.
In these two (above and below) "After" photos, these biodegradable logs were placed all along the shoreline (yellow arrows) and planted with woolly fruit sedge; common lake sedge; pointed broom sedge; bottlebrush sedge; and fox sedge.
Most of the area in front and surrounding the Rain garden areas in the photo above, were planted with no mow grass.
Rain garden perennials included blackeyed susan; dotted mint, early goldenrod, frost aster, golden alexander, heath aster, joe pye weed, lance leaf coreopsis, new england aster, blue flag iris, false sunflower, pussytoes, showy goldenrod, smooth aster, turtlehead, wild bergamot, wild lupine, yarrow, wild strawberry, bottle gentain, blue vervain, hoary vervain, blue lobellia, cardinal flower, mountain mint and monkey flower. Rain Garden grasses such as little bluestem, indiangrass and junegrass were also planted.
The second of two rain gardens included all the perennials listed above and added rain garden grasses. Trees/shrubs that were planted included (back left) serviceberry, nanny berry viburnum, dwarf bush honeysuckle, arrowood viburnum, snowberry, highbush cranberry, blueberry and american hazelnut.