Lupinus perennis production field

Live Stake Season

Mar 01, 2018

It’s that time of the year when we’re all ready for winter to come to an end soon. That means long days of collecting and transporting material, cutting to length, bundling, and shipping. Fantastic winter exercise!

Live stakes are made by taking cuttings from specific tree and shrub species that have the ability to root well when planted in water or moist soil conditions. Most of the side branches are removed, and the cuttings are trimmed to the length required for the project. They are easier to install than bare-root trees and shrubs, because they can often be simply tapped into the soil (pilot holes are sometimes needed for harder soils). For that reason, they’re often utilized for erosion control, streambank stabilization, and other soil bioengineering projects.

We begin to harvest our cuttings after dormancy has set in in the late fall (November), and finish in the spring before bud break (April).

Below are photos taken at the same riverbank stabilization project. The first was taken just after installation of live stakes from Cardno Native Plant Nursery, and the second was taken seven months later.