We’ve all seen erosion before in one form or another. It is the natural process of destruction and rebirth that plays upon the land from weather. Rain, wind-even sunlight-all cause erosion of the earth. So what keeps it all together? Good soil is promoted by good plant growth. The more plants that live and die in the soil, the more compact the soil gets, thereby making it more resistant to erosion. Plants help keep soil together.
It’s not just the top layer of soil and vegetation that does the work either. A good root system can be determined by any number of factors. For instance, deep water tables promote good tree growth for certain trees, while others it hinders. It also works in reverse. Low water tables promote growth and erosion control, but not if the soil percolation is poor.
While water is very much needed in erosion control for plantings and vegetation, it can also work the other way and create erosion. Proper soil percolation (drainage) is necessary for hilly, sloped or downhill yards to prevent erosion.
If proper drainage doesn’t already exist, you need to create your own. French drainage systems work well for many different types of soil, including clay and other water holding minerals. By removing and backfilling a trench with drainage, rocks and sit screens, you can reclaim water damage and erosion prone areas at home. Learn How to Install a French Drain Trench Here.
Once you’ve set up your yards drainage, you may also want to percolate water away from your home. In situations that call for battling water against the home, drastic measures musty be taken. The home must be excavated below the foundation, sealed, insulated and sealed again. A drainage system must then be set in place. Want to know more about water erosion around a home? Check out Using Foam Insulation on Block Walls.
After drainage is safely funneled away from the home and yard, planting can begin. Check out my article, “I’ve Planted Roses; Now what?” for some clever ideas to for novice gardeners.