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7 Tips for Erosion Control

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

If your property has areas that slope, or if you are perched on a hillside high above the surrounding area, good erosion control is a must. When erosion carries away topsoil, your lawn suffers. Severe erosion can even threaten the stability of your home's foundation!

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Erosion Control: Keep More of Your Lawn!

Take steps now to prevent erosion problems later. Try one or all of these ideas for good erosion control:

  • Plants with deep roots. Plants like juniper, clematis, forsythia, and artemisia are all perfect for erosion control. Their hardy roots will hold the soil and help keep small slopes intact.
  • Gutters and downspouts. Your gutters should always be clear and ready for rain. Your downspouts should direct water away from the foundation and into a gravel sump or natural basin.
  • Catch basins. This is simply an area large enough to contain water without overflowing. The water eventually soaks into the soil instead of sluicing off your lawn and carrying topsoil with it.
  • Barriers and boulders. Using railroad crossties, heavy boulders, or a collection of smaller rocks can prevent erosion while beautifying your landscape.
  • Mulch. Straw, sawdust, and compost are all good options to absorb moisture and keep soil in its place.
  • Hardy grass. If there are bare spots in your yard, spread new grass seed as soon as possible. Ryegrass is a good option for fast-growing grass that plants tightly in the soil.
  • Soil testing. Do you have sandy soil? Rocky? Not sure? Ask a professional to test your soil and determine if something should be blended in to enhance erosion control.

Tired of losing what you've worked so hard to maintain? Build erosion control into your landscape for a long-lasting and beautiful lawn.

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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