When you take a little bit of time to protect soil and manage erosion in your yard there are big returns. Not only will soil stay where you want it, but you’ll use less water, the garden looks tidy, and plants flourish.
The first step to managing erosion is to identify places where it may occur. Look to slopes, hillsides, paths of water after it rains, and places you’re actively watering. If you see exposed roots, runnels, puddles, or mud splashing up on surfaces there are a few easy steps you can take to stop erosion in its tracks.
The basics of erosion control revolve around two simple principles:
- Stabilize soil
- Target where and how you water
When looking for ways to stabilize soil, first consider working with nature. If your yard is steep and hilly, terracing may be in order. However, some of the best solutions are often less labor intensive. Consider mulching exposed soil surfaces, overseeding your lawn, and strategically placing plants.
Growing ground covers and other perennials will hold soil in place naturally. If you’re in an especially wet part of the country or working with clay soils, adding a rain garden is not only helpful but beautiful.