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Live Stakes

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Live stakes are the quickest and most economical method of re-vegetating eroding stream or pond banks or creating a windscreen. Bundles of live stakes can be bought for little more than $1 per stake while young trees may cost anywhere from $5 to $15 each and even more. 

Live stakes are also much quicker to plant than a bare root or potted plant, not even requiring a shovel. If planting in very soft, moist soil, such as that found on stream and pond banks, they can only be pushed into the ground by hand. If the land is too hard for this, a simple length of rebar, such as is used for reinforcing concrete, should be used to create a pilot hole for the stake.

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Live stakes are merely cuttings taken from a woody, dormant plant and are available in varying lengths.
They are an excellent way to restore vegetation on stream and pond banks that have been disturbed by development, agriculture, or other activities. Leaving such areas bare leads to erosion, loss of land, sediment pollution of the water and, subsequently, loss of wildlife. The roots of plants in these areas effectively reinforce the soil, just as rebar strengthens concrete, and prevents such damage. Such plantings also add beauty to the landscape, as well as shade the creek from sunlight, eliminating algae growth and promoting cold temperature waters that attract fish.

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There are individual plants that lend themselves excellently to this method, such as willows, buttonbush, and silky dogwood.
Any of them will do well along streams and ponds, but create a windscreen in drier areas, the silky dogwood will be more successful.
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Planting live stakes can be an excellent way to create lush growth along stream beds and other moist or wet areas. This can help to fight erosion, as well as providing shade and visual interest. This method of planting is an easy way to use one tree to propagate many. It's done by taking a cutting from the original plant, preferably during the dormant season in winter or early spring, and trimming part of the bark away. Before planting, any trimmings should be kept damp and in the shade. From there, the trimming needs to be "staked" into the ground, and roots begin to grow.

 

Black Willow Live stakes are a particularly right choice for this usage, as they are one of the species most likely to successfully take hold. Also known as the Salix nigra, any Black Willows planted this way may receive a full season before beginning to sprout leaves or buds. However, a successful stake will have roots growing busily underground, something that can be tested by gently tugging on the Black Willow live stake a few months after the initial planting. They develop strong roots and, once they are large enough to make flowers and leaves, attract beneficial wildlife such as honeybees, beavers, and elk.

 

A full-grown Black Willow can produce between 30 and 50 feet in height, with light green leaves and dark brown bark. The small yellow flowers are pedal-less catkins, and blossom in clusters along with a cylindrical shape. They are susceptible to fire and drought and do not do well in dry areas. They prefer moist to wet soil, which explains their popularity as riverbed soil binders and thrives in USDA hardiness zones 2-10. These sun-loving trees are native to the eastern United States and can live up to 100 years, though 65 years is average. Planting live stakes can be an excellent way to create lush growth along stream beds and other moist or wet areas. This can help to fight erosion, as well as providing shade and visual interest. This method of planting is an easy way to use one tree to propagate many. It's done by taking a cutting from the original plant, preferably during the dormant season in winter or early spring, and trimming part of the bark away. Before planting, any trimmings should be kept damp and in the shade. From there, the trimming needs to be "staked" into the ground, and roots begin to grow.

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