How To Prevent Soil Erosion On Your Property

Retaining Walls

A retaining wall is one way to prevent soil erosion.

As a homeowner, you want to maintain a structurally sound and aesthetically appealing landscape.  However, soil erosion can cause serious issues on your property that can lead to costly restoration if not treated properly.  If you have slopes or hills on your property, you are at risk for topsoil erosion. Common signs of soil erosion include exposed roots, puddles, or swampy sections on your lawn.  Luckily, there are few simple tips for preventing soil erosion on your property.

Plant Flowers and Shrubs

One of the simplest methods to prevent soil erosion is to plant a garden, or even a tree, in the area affected by erosion.  Vegetation can act as a shield which can lessen the impact of rainfall and wind damage. Planting a garden will also soak up excess water preventing the formation of puddles or muddy areas.  Look into vegetation that thrives on moisture such as wild flowers or shrubbery or grasses. The use of grasses gives an aesthetically pleasing look as well as creates a barrier for erosion. Creating swales and dry creek beds help to redirect unwanted water.


If you want to prevent soil erosion in your garden, look into applying mulch on the soil.  Applying mulch will prevent rain from displaying any soil and will minimize evaporation as well.  You can use a variety of materials for mulch such as shredded bark and wood chips. You should cover all bare patches of soil, hill sides, and spaces in between plants with one to two inches of mulch.  However do not pile up mulch next to your tree. The mulch should never touch the tree. You should also create a barrier around a garden or tree to contain the mulch by using edging or rocks.

Retaining Wall

One of the most effective ways to prevent soil erosion is to install a retaining wall around gardens or trees that are on an incline.  If you want to grow a few gardens on the hill on the front of your home, it is best to install a retaining wall around each one to prevent surface water runoff.  The structure also keeps water within each garden bed, allowing each plant to slowly retain the moisture. Retaining walls do hold back soil, but if there are massive amounts of water runoff you will have to look into redirecting the water. Water can be one of the most destructive natural elements to a landscape or home.  Water in basements is the result of incorrectly directing unwanted water. Contacting an erosion specialist can assist you in correcting this problem.


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