Coastal erosion is an issue affecting many regions around the world, including Prince Edward Island. This phenomenon is caused by a combination of factors such as climate change, wind and weather events, and rising water levels. As a result, the waves are becoming stronger, which is gradually eating away at the coast. Watching our land disappear into the ocean is heartbreaking, but there are steps that property owners can take to slow down the erosion.
One of the easiest ways to slow down coastal erosion is by creating no-mow zones. Property owners can achieve this by letting the grass grow naturally at least 10 feet from the shore, which should be 75% or more of their cliff shore edges. This not only reduces the time, effort, and cost of mowing but also increases habitat for wildlife and pollinator visits. In addition, natural grass helps to stabilize the soil and reduce erosion.
Another way to slow down coastal erosion is by planting salt-tolerant shrubs at the shore edge. Rugosa roses, dappled willow, bearberry, and bayberry are just a few examples of these types of shrubs. Rugosa roses, also known as beach roses, are particularly effective as they tolerate the seashore and help by growing roots into the land to help hold the bank. By planting these shrubs, property owners can help to anchor the soil and reduce erosion.
Although we cannot stop coastal erosion, we can take steps to slow it down. By creating no-mow zones and planting salt-tolerant shrubs, we can stabilize the soil, reduce erosion, and help protect our land from being washed away by the waves. It is important that we take action now to protect our coastlines, as the effects of erosion can be devastating and long-lasting. With some effort and investment, we can help to protect our beautiful coastlines for generations to come.