Native Plants and Shoreline Buffer Strips

We’ve been working the City of Greater Sudbury over the past few years on a number of different projects over the past few years, including the restoration of old mining sites. More recent developments include the encouragement of the use of native plant species on residential properties.

One of the unique aspects of Sudbury’s landscape is the fact that there are over 300 lakes within the official boundaries of the city. Many of these lakes have a fair bit of development around them, as waterfront properties are always attractive to people.

Willow Species

Willow species (Salix sp.) are excellent for shoreline plantings because they love having their roots near water.



Sudbury is actively encouraging its residents who live along these lakes to plant native species along the lake shore. This is to act as a buffer to help prevent algae blooms that are caused by runoff from fertilizers used on maintaining green lawns. The native plants will use up the phosphates in the fertilizers before they make their way into the water. Not a bad idea for any waterfront property!

If you’re interested in learning more and would like to know which species would be suitable, please contact us and we’d be happy to help out.

Peter Scholtens – Sales and Service, Verbinnen’s Nursery

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