In my earlier post on shoreland zoning, I mentioned a concept called shoreline restoration. Maybe that deserves a little more explaining. By the way, I’m here to explain the concept, not to preach.
In fact, don’t try shoreline restoration just because it’s good for the environment. Do it if you’d like to increase your privacy, see more birds and wildlife, and catch more fish. (Ald also, by the way, spend less time mowing your lawn.)
In fact, if your perfectly manicured lawn extends all the way to the water’s edge, the easiest way to get started with shoreline restoration is to simply stop mowing that area. A more active approach, however, might involve the planting of new trees and native plants. that can take some planning, site preparation, and maintenance.
It can also take some expertise; it’s not as simple as a person might think. You’ll want to plant native, non-invasive species that do well on your site. But you’ll also want to choose plants that deer won’t devour the night after you plant them.
For some free tips, and maybe even some plants to get you started, contact the DNR or your local officials. They’ll be glad to help you out.