Woody plants to prevent beach erosion #612340 - Ask Extension

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Woody plants to prevent beach erosion #612340

Asked February 03, 2020, 9:45 PM EST

We live on Lake Michigan East Bay and are trying to prevent more shore erosion. We have been told that woody plants would be best. I would like suggestions of such plants that can thrive in sand, full sun and be able to withstand high winds and waves.

Antrim County Michigan

Expert Response

Hello,

This is a tough location for plants and you might have difficulty establishing them, especially if the water level continues to rise.

Here is a nice article that will give you a few ideas:
https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/smart_trees_and_shrubs_for_natural_shoreline_plantings
Erick Elgin Replied February 17, 2020, 1:06 PM EST

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