Successful beach and coastal revegetation leads to sand accumulation, which produced a natural protective barrier for beach front development and native habitat for endangered and threatened wildlife species including sea turtles and shorebirds.
EarthBalance® installs native plants for beach and coastal revegetation projects throughout Florida and the southeast US. We have an experienced, trained, professional, in-house work force with specialized equipment for use with beach and coastal revegetation projects.
Our coastal habitats—shorelines, saltwater marshes, dunes, and beaches—are impacted dramatically by seasonal weather, specifically hurricanes. Recent hurricane seasons have drastically eroded many beaches and have swept away much of the beneficial beach vegetation. EarthBalance® utilizes its extensive knowledge of ecosystem restoration, exotic removal, native planting, and salt-, wind-, and drought-tolerant plants and applies it to the work of coastal habitat protection, enhancement, and restoration. EarthBalance’s Native Plant Nursery produces the majority of the beach vegetation used in our coastal restoration projects. In addition, EarthBalance® uses a number of proprietary techniques to accomplish project goals that result in cost savings to our clients.
Our coastal restoration work includes wetland restoration, enhancement and creation, beach revegetation, and creation of submerged aquatic vegetation habitats. Each habitat has unique characteristics and requires specific restorative measures. Beach revegetation requires the planting of salt-, wind-, and drought-tolerant vegetation in a specific planting matrix. These plants are used for their long, tendril-like root systems that help prevent sand from washing away. Coastal wetland restoration in many cases involves the initial eradication of exotic vegetation, native planting, and ongoing maintenance. Seagrass beds, important habitats for fish and other marine life, are planted with submerged aquatic vegetation.