Landscaping on the Bay

HOW DO YOU TYPICALLY ADDRESS FLOODPLAIN AND SLOPING ISSUES WHEN LANDSCAPING ON THE WATER?
Projects within floodplains and on steep slopes require a calculated approach—especially those located on waterfront properties. When working within the critical-area buffer, we coordinate our efforts among the homeowner, engineer and state and local county representatives. The goal is to ensure the completion of a properly permitted, built and sustainable project—one that is constructed and installed correctly the first time. To control erosion in problem areas, we use biodegradable materials such as Curlex blankets, jute matting and coir-fiber logs. Complementing these materials with a mixture of native and naturalized plantings, we are able to create permanent, non-structural solutions that address site issues yet are in harmony with the surrounding environment.

The key to any successful landscaping project is experience, which enables our team to determine creative, practical solutions for any situation. —Matt Rhoderick, ASLA, McHale Landscape Design,
Upper Marlboro, Maryland

ABOVE: A weekend retreat at the mouth of the Choptank River and Broad Creek. Designed by McHale Landscape Design, the 20-acre property features a pool, spa, and volleyball and tennis courts, all overlooking the water. Builder: Winchester Construction, Millersville, Maryland.