Photographs continue to roll in from around the country, faster than I can get them posted. I love this part of my job! (Actually I love every part of my job, except maybe the 90% of the time I spend on logistics trying to drive costs out of the supply chain to keep prices as low as possible – but I even enjoy that work because the more successful I am with logistics the more of these photos I get to receive!)
This is a scene from a riparian (creek/river side) buffer strip planting in western Pennsylvania, part of the Herculean effort to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed. These plantings are immensely important to prevent creek side livestock grazing, stop soil erosion and sedimentation and to reduce water temperatures – basically to restore the watershed to its pre-agricultural productivity with trees lining the waterways feeding the Chesapeake.
However there’s one big difference between then and now: deer. The whitetail deer population is about a jillion (approximately!) times bigger than it was 100 years ago. These critical plantings would be critical failures without tree tubes.
I love the use of weed mats for weed control as well! I have been out of stock on weed mats for much of this spring, but a new shipment is on the way. Weed mats are a great way to stop competition from weeds and conserve soil moisture.
After 23 years I never get tired of seeing photos like this… you can practically hear the trees growing inside those tubes!
And keep the pictures coming!