Planting live stakes like these can save your property from eroding into your stream and help improve the water quality at the same time. Credit: Jennifer Fetter, Penn State Extension
Last week our local celebrity groundhog reminded us that there are just six more weeks left to winter. Warm weather may feel like it's a long time away, but now is the time to start planning the earliest of this year's planting and stream restoration activities. The first restoration activity on our agenda each year is live staking.
If you aren't already familiar with the concept, live staking uses cuttings from dormant trees and shrubs to stabilize eroding stream banks and other wet areas. Live staking has to happen before trees and shrubs wake up from their winter naps, in other words, before their new buds start to burst open and grow. The timing for that varies slightly throughout Pennsylvania. Generally speaking, live staking is best planned from Mid-March to Mid-April here.
Penn State Extension offers several great resources to help explain how Live Staking is an affordable and easy stream restoration technique. The newest of those resources is a new 10 minute LearnNow video that you can watch anytime for free on our website. Take a moment today to watch this informative video and start thinking about planning your stream restoration project today!