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Low water is high time to plant beaches


Native plants add structure, color and interest to an otherwise boring lawn. Gardens ease the transition between the house and beach, slow runoff and filter pollutants. Photo: Jim Brueck, Native Lakescapes, LLC.What makes a pretty Great Lakes shoreline?

As lake levels drop and grasses and other plants sprout on once plant-free beaches, ecologists are encouraging waterfront property owners to see the splendor in that greenery.

“It’s important to try to get people to change their minds and see just how beautiful and wonderful native vegetation can be,” said Jennifer Gelb, restoration ecologist for the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, a nonprofit organization that serves four counties in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. more...

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