Farmers Branch creeks are a unique feature of the City and are enjoyed not just by the residents living along the creek but also by residents who enjoy the City's creekside amenities such as parks and trails. Healthy creeks provide clean water, reduce flooding and erosion impacts to homes and businesses, provide habitat for wildlife, and enhance property values.
What is a waterway buffer?
A waterway buffer or "grow zone" is an area next to a creek that grows grasses, flowers, trees and shrubs. A healthy waterway buffer has a mixture of vegetation that over time develops deep roots to hold the bank in place. Lack of deep-rooted vegetation around creek banks can contribute to future erosion issues.
Native and non-native plants can be grown next to creeks. Select plants that are adaptive and will not crowd out other vegetation. A mixture of vegetation with deep roots will help improve infiltration of stormwater.