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Erosion Control in Landscaping
10/1/2019 1:00:00 PM


Erosion control is a constant concern. Water is a powerful, natural force and flowing water can cause a number of problems if not properly controlled. 

As water from rain or irrigation systems travels down slopes, it erodes soil and washes pesticides and fertilizers into waterways. If these slopes are in your yard, erosion can ruin your landscape design by uprooting your plants and carving gullies. It can also become a community issue when silt deposits clog neighborhood drainage structures and storm drains.

Plants, grasses & mulch

Bare soil is more vulnerable to erosion caused by wind and rain, so finding appropriate covering methods will help preserve your landscape’s look and health. If your yard does not have many, or any, steep slopes present, simply adding shrubs, grasses and mulch can help collect rain water. 

Plants are natural soil protectors 

They cloak the ground in foliage which prevents rain drops from falling directly onto soil particles, and instead diffuse the energy of raindrops so they filter down into the soil surface more gently. 

Native grasses also help the soil gain more stability 

As they produce long roots that can tie the topsoil and subsoil together. To provide a quick covering, hydroseeding is a method of sowing seed on a large scale to provide soil holding capacity until other plants mature. 

Mulch helps regulate soil temperatures

They prevent erosion in sensitive areas, adds organic matter and can increase moisture retention. There are many different types to use based on your yard’s soil chemistry. You may also use stone, gravel and river rock mulch to anchor soil, especially in areas where forceful rain water disrupts other mulching materials.

Terraces and retaining walls

For lawns that have a greater incline, plants and mulch are insufficient standalone erosion control strategies. Adding structural features helps prevent loss of soil resources and adds a bit of depth and dimension to the landscape design.

Terracing is an erosion control method that features a staircase pattern. Utilizing a terrace gives you the option of creating a pattern of several feet of lawn grass rimmed with either a vegetative buffer, retaining wall or brick or stone structures.

Retaining walls are structures which hold back soil from a building using materials like pressure treated lumber, pavers and large rocks—think of them as dams for soil. In addition to a functional purpose, they also provide visual interest and increase the amount of usable land in a yard. There are a few options when considering a retaining wall, including: gravity walls, anchored walls, pilin walls and cantilever walls.

"How you treat your slopes matters, because every raindrop that falls dislodges soil particles. Multiply this by the duration of just one rainstorm and you can quickly understand how easy it is to lose ground due to unchecked erosion. By taking a few simple, preventative steps, you can keep your yard beautiful and environmentally friendly during even the heaviest of downpours.”

-Mark Dubose, Vice President and General Manager 

of Erosion Control with Landscape Management

For help with mitigating the effects of erosion in your yard, give Landscape Management a call today at 337-478-3836, or stop by their fully-stocked nursery for supplies at 5005 Cobra Road in Lake Charles

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