"If there is magic on the planet it is contained in the water." (Lauren Eiseley, anthropologist and naturalist)
What is Buffer Landscaping?
Buffer landscaping is the development of trees, shrubs and perennials - planted or growing naturally - along the waterfront. The buffer acts as a filter for runoff, catching sediment, debris and pollutants before it reaches the water. The plant roots hold the soil, slowing erosion and thus helping water claraity and protecting aquatic habitat. Trees and shrubs near the water's edge help shade the water keeping temperatures cooler and improving the habitat for amphibians, fish, and other aquatic life. Buffer landscaping provides food and habitat for wildlife. Blooming plants and seasonal color attract butterflies and birds while adding to the beauty of the waterfront view.
What are the benefits?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reported that runoff from from lawns, roads, and rooftops is a primary cause of pollution of our waterways. The extra fertilizer from lawns, oil and gas from driveways and roads, soil from building sites, litter, pesticides, sand and salt are polluting our waterways. Creating a natural buffer landscape on your waterfront property is a way to reduce pollution of the lake and to enjoy multiple benefits. Buffer landscaping:
Buffer landscaping is the natural alternative to clearing trees and planting turf grass. It is way to personally contribute to protecting the long term water quality of the lake and your investment in it.
NEED HELP? The buffer landscape committee (BLAST - Buffer Landscape Advisory Service Team) is prepared to help you with your buffer landscaping by providing resources that you can use to be successful. Participating with us on this project: AEP, Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, VA Master Gardeners, VA Master Naturalists, Virginia Tech, and several landscaping and design companies.
If you are looking for assistance to get started, please contact the SMLA office and ask for someone from the buffer committee to contact you.
Smith Mountain Lake Association
400 Scruggs Road, Suite 2100
Moneta, VA 24121