Three Options For Preventing Soil Erosion

Posted on: 15 November 2017

Soil erosion is problematic for a number of reasons. It can decrease the amount of nutrients in the ground, making it more difficult to grow healthy plants. Equally important, though, is the fact that the lost soil can pollute nearby water ways, leading to environmental damage. If you are concerned about minimizing soil erosion on your property, here are three ways you can protect your land.

Plant Lots of Vegetation

One easy and attractive way to prevent soil erosion is to plant vegetation in vulnerable areas. Water from rain and snow can cause the soil to break up and wash away. Plants counter this is a couple of ways. First, their roots hold the soil together, strengthening it against breakage. Second, the plant leaves act as an umbrella and reduce the amount of water that makes it to the ground.

Most plants will work as long as you have enough to cover the ground. However, your best options for soil erosion protection are grass or turf and shrubs. Be aware that this option works best on relatively flat areas. If your property is sloped, you may need to take more aggressive action. For instance, you may need to add a retaining wall to physically block soil movement.

Put Down Mulch

Many people think mulch is strictly a cosmetic addition to the yard. However, it can be immensely helpful in preventing soil erosion. Mulch absorbs water, which keeps the moisture from washing the soil the away. Additionally, a layer of mulch acts as a barrier against the rain and wind, protecting the ground from the physically damaging impact of the weather. Lastly, mulch can prevent seeds and tiny plants from being washed away as well as keep them warm so they can grow and provide additional soil erosion protection.

The most attractive type of mulch is the kind made from trees. However, grass clippings and fertilizer also work well in this capacity.

Add a Drainage System

If you get a lot of heavy rain in your area, you're more likely to experience soil erosion because of runoff. The rain will often come down faster than the soil can absorb it, which leads to a problem where the excess water lifts off and carries away the top soil layer.  Adding adequate drainage in your yard can prevent this type of soil erosion from happening as well as protect your home from flooding. It's a good idea to talk to a plumber or landscaper about installing an underground drain system in your yard.

For more information about soil erosion and stopping it, contact a company like Bark Blowers & Hydroseeding Inc.