After a long season of spring showers, you may notice that some of the soil in your yard has started to shift and come loose. Flowing water is a powerful thing, and over time it can have a detrimental effect on your landscaping. Sloping sections of land are typically most prone to erosion, but you may notice the effects of surface runoff elsewhere in your yard as well. In some places, you may see small furrows and gullies in the land where soil has been washed away. You may even notice soil being driven off of your lawn and onto sidewalks and driveways. If you’re tired of your landscaping being damaged by erosion, there are a few things you can do to help control the problem.
The root systems of plants and trees can help to stabilize soil and prevent erosion. If you notice erosion happening in one specific part of your yard, consider adding some plantings to help mitigate the damage. Just be careful to select species that can tolerate a little extra moisture. As the roots grow and take hold in the soil, the area will become less prone to erosion.
Build Retaining Walls
Low stone barriers around flowerbeds can not only serve as aesthetically pleasing landscaping accents, but also help to prevent surface runoff in your lawn as well. Retaining walls should be built a few inches deep in the ground to provide stability and maximize their ability to control erosion.
Try Terraced Gardens
If you feel like getting extra ambitious, you can use a series of retaining walls to create attractive terraced flowerbeds. Terracing can help water to soak into the ground, rather than wash over it. Building a series of terraced flowerbeds on a sloped hillside can significantly reduce the effects of erosion.
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