Tips to Protect Your Property Against Soil Erosion

Posted on: 22 February 2022

The soil in your yard and on your property is one of the most valuable resources that you have and you need to protect it against erosion. Wind and rain along with other water runoff issues can cause the soil on your property to migrate out of the area, which leaves your soil without rich topsoil for healthy plant life. Here are some tips to help you protect your yard's soil against erosion with beneficial soil stabilization practices. 

Use Natural Vegetation

One of the best ways to keep your soil in place is to use vegetation as a form of soil stabilization and erosion control. Vegetation that takes root in your soil will create its own network through the root growth of each plant as they form a barrier to hold the soil in place. The vegetation and leaves over the soil provide additional protection against erosion.

You can choose any type of vegetation to help your soil stay in place, but more drought-resistant plants are a good option to help you reduce the amount of watering required. Look for native plants that grow well in your area and climate, and you will find that they thrive well to contribute to greater protection to the soil. Grasses, vine plants, and wildflowers each provide a unique and beautiful covering of soil stabilization and benefit your yard's soil.

However, if you have a plot of land that already contains existing natural growth of weeds and local vegetation, don't disturb the vegetation or remove it unless you plan to immediately replant new vegetation along with the use of erosion control blankets.

Apply Protection Covering Materials

In addition to using vegetation to keep your soil protected against erosion, you can check into a soil covering material. These materials can come in a variety of types, including natural materials and also man-made products. Just be sure you take care if applying any chemicals to your soil to increase stabilization because the runoff of the chemicals can harm your yard's vegetation or animals.

Look for a soil covering, such as natural peat moss, compost, grass clippings, wood ash, and aged manure. This type of covering will add to the soil's quality and break down to improve it more over time. You can also use materials, such as gravel, rubber mulch from recycled tires, which can be added directly onto the surface of the soil.

For more tips about soil stabilization, contact a local lawn care service.