Wetland Sod are pre-vegetated coir erosion control mats grown with native wetland plants to produce maximum root growth and provide immediate aesthetics, weed inhibition, and stabilization to erosion-prone shorelines and stream banks. North Fork Native Plants provides a variety of wetland sod mixes for stream restoration, shoreline and berm stabilization, wetland mitigation, storm water management, golf course water features, pond construction, and habitat enhancement, in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Anatomy of a Mat
Having been grown out in a nursery under flooded or permanently saturated conditions, the plants are relatively mature and have well developed root systems and high shoot cover. This can greatly accelerate ecological and aesthetic results, reduce weed problems, and allow newly installed vegetation to tolerate less than ideal hydrologic conditions better than small individual plants.
Coir, or coconut fiber, mats function as an initial plant growth medium and provide excellent erosion control properties until the plants fully incorporate into the soil.
Wetland Sod mats are grown hydroponically promoting vigorous root growth, which facilitates extremely rapid establishment. In most cases wetland sod cannot be lifted from the soil surface after 2-5 weeks depending on species mix and climate.