We had a delivery of logs here in the gardeners’ yard at Chartwell recently. Sort of. As you can probably see from the above picture these ‘lake logs’ aren’t actually logs at all. They are coir rolls that have been pre-planted with aquatic plants (sometimes known as hydrophytes) such as Iris pseudacorus (Yellow Flag Iris) and Phragmites australis (Common Reed).
Our plan was to use these plants to bolster the shoreline and island edge in the two lakes we have at Chartwell. We wanted to halt the erosion that was already occurring, provide an improved habitat for the wildlife that thrives in, on and around our water features and also to visually improve the appearance of the lake edge so that it will eventually match the lush growth that is present on the far side of the lakes already. Below is a step by step guide to how we carried out this task…
The coir in these rolls with degrade and decompose over time, by which point the plants will have rooted into the lake mud. We’re not sure quite how long our new plants will take to establish but it shouldn’t be too long. Make sure you pop down to the lakes the next time you visit Chartwell and see how they’re getting on. While you’re there you can also join in with feeding the wildfowl which is done around 2pm every day.