Just got back from cottage country where I was able to revisit a shoreline refurbishment project in Bracebridge Ontario. My sister-in-law and brother have a grassy shoreline that they will be reconverting from grass to one that is more in keeping with the natural beauty of their surroundings. These projects not only look great, but they really help with the health of the lakes - reducing run-off and providing places for the creatures to nest and feed.
This shoreline was grass right down to the lake just a few years ago. It's amazing how nicely it is developing in such a short period of time. Bits of shoreline were left open on purpose and natural rock steps were added so that visitors are still able to get down to the water easily. As well, waterfowl have a place to come on shore. It's a great example to show cottagers how native plants can be incorporated in shoreline landscaping.