Why Would You Want a Natural Shoreline?


1. The cost of installing the shoreline is less than the traditional seawall

2. It offers privacy 

3. Requires less maintenance 

4. Improves water quality. 


The reason you probably bought the property you did is because you love the water, and everything that the water provides to you and your surroundings (fish, birds, plants). All of these things that you love about lake front living depend on natural vegetation. A healthy shoreline requires a variety of trees, shrubs and plants. These plants are doing work by supporting a large variety of fish and wildlife. They provide needed habitat for feeding, staying safe and raising their young. This natural vegetation provides habitat for fish and wildlife that use the lake edge but also helps the lake in many other ways too. The vegetation helps keep the lake clean by slowing and filtering runoff as it moves towards the lake. It allows more water to be absorbed into the ground than runoff. It provides needed shade for keeping the water cooler and protects the lake edge from wave and ice erosion. Healthy fish, abundant wildlife, and clear, clean water all depend on the individual decisions that we make about our lakefront properties so it is up to you to make the right decision about the lake front property you love so much!


Traditional hard structures such as seawalls and rip-rap have been perceived to be more stable and the best solution to preventing erosion and controlling your shoreline. However, they are not and can actually be more unstable than a natural shoreline. They do not allow for absorption of the energy that waves and ice movement bring in.  The way that hard structures work are that they interrupt normal water energy, but they do not stop it. The wave energy produced by waves bouncing off hardened shoreline is transferred in multiple directions. Waves directed down, scour the near-shore zone that can house several types of animals and plants. It will start to wash away those areas which prohibits them from flourishing. Water directed sideways can cause erosion on neighboring properties which leads to more seawalls. Because of these seawalls being in place they cover soils and sediments that support plant growth and provide habitats. Animals that require both aquatic and terrestrial habitat to complete their life cycles are now inhibited from completing it. 


For more information about natural shorelines visit the Michigan  Natural Shoreline Partnership. For more Information about whether you need a permit or not to do any type of work visit the Permit Page. 

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We offer Pond Installation, Repair and Cleaning Services, Landscape Installation, Design Services, Landscape and Pond Maintenance, Storm water management, and snow removal in the Southeast, Michigan (MI) area. These areas include Monroe, Wayne, Washtenaw, Lenawee, Oakland, Jackson, Livingston, Macomb and Ingram counties. We also service the following cities, towns and villages of: Adrian, MI., Ann Arbor, MI., Blissfield, MI., Brighton, MI., Belleville, MI., Britton, MI., Brooklyn, MI., Canton, MI., Chelsea, MI., Clinton, MI., Dearborn, MI., Dexter, MI., Dundee, MI., Farmington Hills, MI., Fenton, MI., Fowlerville, MI., Grass Lake, MI., Gregory, MI.,Hamburg, MI., Hartland, MI., Highland Charter Township, MI., Holly, MI., Howell, MI., Ida, MI., Jackson, MI., Lambertville, MI, Livonia, MI., Lyon Charter Township, MI., Manchester, MI., Michigan Center, MI., Milan, MI., Milford, MI., Monroe, MI., Napoleon, MI., New Boston, MI., MI., New Hudson, MI., Northville, MI., Novi, MI. Pinckney, MI., Pittsfield Charter Township, MI., Plymouth, MI., Plymouth Charter Township, MI., Romulus, MI., Saline, MI., South Lyon, MI., Stockbridge, MI., Tecumseh, MI., Temperance, MI., Van Buren Charter Township, MI., Walled Lake, MI., Westland, MI., Whitmore Lake, MI., Wixom, MI., Ypsilanti, MI., Ypsilanti Charter Township, MI.

Poseidon Ponds & Landscaping are Michigan Certified Natural Shoreline Professionals in Washtenaw County Michigan (MI).  In order to become certified you must complete a 3 day classroom instruction, a 1 day field exercise installing a natural shoreline and pass a certification exam. The certification is good for 3 years and is renewed with continuing education courses in the field. The course is designed to equip landscape, marine, and natural resource professionals to design, implement, and maintain natural shoreline landscapes on inland lakes. We completed our first natural shoreline in 2014 in Grass Lake, Michigan. Check out our youtube videos on our first natural shoreline. Cory explains what we did from start to finish for restoring our clients shoreline on Clear Lake. Also check out our article on We Love Dexter to learn more about it. 

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The team working to finish planting the last few plugs on a natural shoreline on Clear Lake, in Grass Lake, MI

Certified Natural Shoreline Installation in Washtenaw County, MI

Cory Mann in Dexter, MI on Houzz

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