Soil Erosion, Retaining Walls, and the Protection of Your Property

Soil Erosion Retaining Wall

Retaining walls are one tool to help homeowners combat the destructive effects of soil erosion.

April showers might bring May flowers, as the saying goes, but some homeowners understand that those showers can also bring a world of worry. Soil erosion is a major problem for homeowners with inclines and slopes on their property. Without proper treatment by a professional landscaping company, your home will be at an increased risk of flooding and other damage. Retaining walls are just one way to protect your home and property from the effects of soil erosion.

Basics of Soil Erosion

Soil erosion is a common problem on sloped landscapes caused by water run-off and wind. This run-off of water washes away topsoil and leaves the remaining soil with fewer nutrients. Soil erosion can cause significant problems on your property and the problems compound the longer you take to address them. The water runoff can create pathways leading directly to your home, putting your basement at a high risk of flooding in the event of a severe storm. In addition, rain runoff can also cut into your other landscaping and make a mess of your garden or decorative setups.

Retaining Walls Protect your Property

Retaining walls are constructed to help put a stop to the negative effects of soil erosion. They are structures which hold back soil from a building or structure. They are built to prevent downward slope movement and provide support for grade changes in your landscape. It might be helpful to think of retaining walls as dams for soil! In addition, they can be combined with other erosion control methods, including swales and natural barriers, to redirect the flow of rainwater away from your home.

Should I Construct My Own Retaining Walls?

It’s certainly possible, but consider what is at stake. Water runoff during rain storms can flow down towards your home, causing potentially catastrophic damage to your basement and foundation. Improper construction of retaining walls could potentially exacerbate the problem, putting you in an even bigger hole in the near future.

On the other hand, TDH Landscaping has two Maryland-certified erosion specialists on staff. They can come out to your property to professionally assess your landscape to come up with the best solution to address your soil erosion problems. Don’t put your home at even greater risk of damage! Contact TDH Landscaping today.


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