PLANTING PLANS AND DESIGN

All-Terrain Consulting specializes in planting plans and design associated with riparian planting with native species. A planted riparian buffer is a streamside or riparian forest buffer and includes native trees, shrubs, and grasses. Riparian buffers are a best management practice to improve stream water quality, reduce streambank erosion, and provide wildlife habitat.

The design of planting plans is the first step in riparian compensation planning. First, to identify the goals for the riparian area, then select a design and correct plant materials to achieve your goals. These riparian buffers typically consist of three zones: trees near the stream, then shrubs, and then 30 feet or more of grasses.

Advantages to designing a well thought out planting plan:

  • Riparian buffers can help protect surface water by intercepting runoff;
  • Plant roots anchor the stream bank and help prevent erosion;
  • Vegetation in the buffer slows the water, increasing infiltration and allowing sediment deposition. This allows nutrients, chemicals, and other pollutants to be removed; and
  • Riparian forest buffers also stabilize streambanks and provide shaded areas for aquatic habitat, as well as food and cover for terrestrial organisms and birds. 

All-Terrain Consulting has extensive experience designing planting plans for all of your needs and has a landscaping architect on staff to help you achieve your goals. 

Call All-Terrain Consulting to help design your next planting plan and get it approved through your local municipality, or call us with any questions at (778) 230-4174.