Erosion is part of the natural process, with top soil shifting due to water and other elements. However, if you have spent time and money landscaping your backyard, it can destroy all your efforts. Erosion is more likely to occur on a sloped area, especially when heavy precipitation or high winds occur. However, you can prevent erosion from ruining the beauty of your back yard by implementing a few precautionary elements.
Planting on Slopes
One of the simplest and most economical options for preventing erosion is adding more plant life to sloped area. The roots of flowers, shrubs and small trees provide structure to the soil and reduce excess water. If you have sloped area surrounding your backyard, consider planting wild flowers or other plant life to give it beauty and to help prevent top soil from sliding.
Mulch can also protect the soil from erosion on slope areas. However, not all mulch will stay in place om a slope. Pine straw works well on sloped area to protect the soil and does not slide or blow away as easy as it locks itself into place.
Add a Retaining Wall or Tiers or Creek Beds
Retaining walls are the best solution for preventing major erosion or a mud slide on a steep slope or hill. A retaining wall can be placed at the bottom to add stability. Another option is using a few walls to create a tier slope; this offers options for planting gardens on each tier for a beautifully landscaped backyard. Another option for erosion prevention is to add a dry creek bed. They are attractive alternatives in low sun areas where growing grass or plants may be difficult.
If you want to prevent erosion in your backyard, contact your local landscaper. They can help provide you with strategic solutions to protect your landscaping.
Posted on behalf of:
Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping
Cumming, GA 30041