When contacted by our client, we were presented with some major challenges that are all too familiar along urban shorelines. The client sought to “reclaim some order”, but we also knew we were coming in as a third attempt in the past eight years to get a handle on the invasive and most troublesome Reed Canary Grass. Previous attempts including controlled burns and multiple Round-up applications had proved unsuccessful.
This two part project began on the shoreline’s upper bank with an organic sheet mulching process. For the second phase closer to the 65 foot shoreline, we opted to use thick black plastic secured firmly with deep stakes that stayed in place through an entire growing season to eliminate the Reed Canary Grass without chemicals. While using plastics is not ideal for our company, other options were limited because we were working in a highly sensitive wetland buffer zone. The recent climate pattern had brought heavy rains through mid-June, so we had to plan for high water, eliminating the option to sheet mulch close to the shoreline.