Backyards are the perfect outdoor area to relax and unwind at home, but not when there are certain risks involved when doing so. If your yard is situated on a slope, erosion is an issue you will most likely have to deal with every year. It can be caused by pests, wind, and rain and can manifest in water muddles, exposed roots, and swampy areas of your lawn. These can be serious hazards to you, your property, and your family’s health if left untreated. The following are some proven strategies to prevent erosion and keep your yard healthy and secure
Hydroseeding is a re-vegetation method that involves dousing what’s called slurry — a combination of fertilizer, mulch, glue, and seeds held together by a bonding agent — over soil surfaces to prevent erosion. This mixture is able to retain moisture and safeguard your yard from the elements.
Mulch can be used to cover up bare patches in your yard. Empty spots don’t just make your yard look bad, it also makes it more vulnerable to erosion. Mulch conceals and protects your yard’s bare surfaces from rain, wind, and pests. There’s a variety of mulch to choose from, and your selection depends on what kind of soil you have and where you live. If you live in an area that’s windy and prone to rain, you should opt for a heavy type of mulch that’s made out of rock. Otherwise, you can go for things like shredded leaves, compost, wood chips, and biodegradable plastic mulch.
Erosion Control Seeds
Erosion control seeds are healthy, dense grasses that are deeply rooted to the soil. They’re able to hold the soil in place and provide protection against the elements.
Shrubs and Grass
The roots that hold down grass and shrubs can also keep soil firmly lumped together. These kinds of greenery dull the impact of rain drops on the soil surface which makes it much harder to displace these layers. Loose soil that moves around easily is usually what leads to erosion. Don’t forget to opt for shrubs and grass that can completely cover exposed soil, otherwise you won’t be getting the maximum benefits of them.
Plants and Trees
Plants and trees are probably the simplest way to prevent soil erosion. They also have the added benefit adding beauty to your yard. Strong and healthy plants and trees have durable root systems that firmly secure them to the ground and keep the soil tightly compacted. There are certain types that are better suited for erosion prevention than others:
Fir, willow, and pine trees offer you shade while also keeping your soil in place thanks to a sturdy root system that’s firmly embedded into the earth. These are recommended if you live in an area with a mild climate.
Creeping Phlox, Bishop’s Hat, and California Wild Lilac are beautiful plants that come in a variety of gorgeous colors. These are great options if you want to add a little flair to your yard. They are all capable of handling erosion effectively, and they can spread quite quickly, as well.
Don’t let soil erosion get in the way of your backyard summer fun. Keep your yard intact and your family safe by using any of these proven erosion prevention strategies.