Buffer landscaping consists of vegetation planted near the lakeshore to trap sediments and to filter nutrients and pollutants. It also serves to prevent erosion and stabilize sloped areas of the shoreline. Buffer Landscaping promotes the concept that landowners can have a beautiful lakefront while being lake friendly and environmentally sound. Member Master Gardeners have developed a protocol for the establishment of gardens of native vegetation to filter contaminants and fertilizers flowing to the lake. Please visit the Buffer Landscaping Web Page for detailed information.
Buffer Landscaping Services:
The Buffer Landscaping Committee consists of a team of about 20 volunteers many of which are Virginia Master Naturalists and Virginia Master Gardeners. Our mission is to preserve the lake shoreline and water quality while providing wildlife habitat and protecting your property investment and enhancing the beauty of the lake. Committee members are available to make recommendations to homeowners on how to slow and filter water flowing into the lake using native plants. Committee members help create demonstration gardens and provide on site advice to lake residents as well as recognize efforts of our residents who utilize effective buffer landscape techniques.
How to Participate:
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