Avoid Soil Erosion Caused by Heavy Rains

Soil erosion is common during harsh weather conditions, such as heavy rains and hard winds. Thankfully, there are several ways to prevent your topsoil from being eroded.


What is soil erosion?

Soil erosion occurs when soil is removed and transported to other locations. This can be a major problem if you have landscaping such as plant beds or a garden. Here are some ways to protect your planting and prevent soil erosion:


Retaining Walls

Constructing a retaining wall made of brick or stones will minimize water runoff. This will help minimize or eliminate the amount of soil being carried away with groundwater runoff. Retaining walls don’t have to be extreme, but be sure they are firmly in place. If you don’t have a place for a retaining wall near your plantings, landscape edging can have a similar effect.


Apply Mulch

Another way to help prevent topsoil from being washed or blown away is to apply mulch. Apply a layer on top of the soil to help soak up water and protect against rain impact.


Create Windbreaks

Create natural wind barriers by planting rows of trees or shrubs. Evergreen trees or large bushes around the windward exposure area will help prevent erosion in those areas. This option is particularly helpful if soil often blows across your land.


Use Geotextiles

Geotextiles are fabrics that can be used to protect your topsoil. This is an effective method because it will stabilize the soil without disturbing any growing vegetation. Use this method to help prevent sloped areas of your land from storm damage.


Add Plantings

Planting vegetation, shrubs and trees will help keep the soil in place. The roots in particular will establish a system that stabilizes the soil and prevents erosion. Planting vegetation is the most natural way to prevent soil erosion.

For more information about how to protect your landscape, contact Olympic Lawn & Landscape today.