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Atlanta Landscaping Tip: Minimizing Erosion Problems

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If you look at your lawn and feel like it is getting smaller each year, and not because there is more plant life or other decorative elements, then there is a good chance that erosion and poor drainage is playing a part. When a lawn is on a slope, or perhaps nothing has been done to retain the soil in the yard, then time and weather can cause your lawn to wash away – sometimes without you even realizing it!

Erosion is not just the result of heavy rain. It can also be due to wind, or by having loose “unsecured” soil. Over time, these elements can cause a lawn to “shrink” thus affecting the overall landscape and property value.

But you don’t have to watch your lawn wash away. There are a variety of actions that can be taken to ensure that your yard doesn’t loose ground. Even better, the Outdoor Makeover & Construction team can incorporate the measures in a way that adds new life and style to your existing lawn.

Ways to Minimize Erosion and Draining

Depending on the severity of the draining and erosion, there are various approaches that can be taken. Some are relatively simple and can e implemented quickly, while others will require a bit more work However, doing something to prevent erosion is better than doing nothing at all. Any or all of the following might be implemented – depending on the severity of the problem.

  1. Adding compost or mulch around the base of existing tree or shrubs.
  2. Planting ground covers and shrubs that thrive in tough conditions.
  3. Doing a soil fertility or pH test to determine if the erosion can be prevented by making the soil healthier.
  4. Adding compost into the soil to improve its health.
  5. Sodding or seeding the soil, then adding a layer of topsoil and a new layer of straw.
  6. Redirecting, and perhaps, capturing the run off using soil amendments, rain barrels, rain gardens, terraces of dry wells.
  7. Building a retaining wall. This can be built from either, stone, concrete or even wood and be a wide range of heights. Our team will build a retaining wall that compliments the rest of your landscape so that it is not only functional but eye catching, too. Depending on the severity of the erosion, other types of walls that might be installed include cantilever walls, piling walls, anchored walls or gravity walls.
  8. If your property is near a stream, lake or other body of water, sometimes the easiest solution is to install a draining ditch for run off. The ditch can be lined with rocks or gravel, and will be placed where it is as unobtrusive as possible.

If you are concerned about draining or erosion issues in your yard, now is the time to act. Contact the Outdoor Makeover & Construction team today. We will assess your yard and determine what the best approach is for your scenario.


  • “Navid and his team have exceptional vision and incredible talent for design.
    Outdoor Makeover delivered a plan that is much better than the competitors from design to build. I ended up with an exceptional result that I totally love and enjoy daily. I am very proud to show off my special area in my yard and everyone loves hanging outside now; Navid asked questions to figure out my lifestyle. Furthermore, Navid discovered what I needed and wanted, of which I was unaware when we started the process.”

    Christy A. Sandy Springs, GA

  • “Navid and the Outdoor Makeover team are top notch. They found solutions within our price range and help us accomplish our most important priorities. Further, even after we paid them in full and needed them to come back to touch up some items, they came back within 1 week. This is UNHEARD of these days! I would highly recommend them to everyone!”

    Ryan E. Marietta, GA

  • “We contacted a number of landscapers before we found Outdoor Makeover. Navid and Omid worked hard on improving our front and backyard. They worked quickly and diligently and now we have a beautiful lawn and outdoor entertainment area. Their customer service was excellent. They called or emailed us a number of times just to make sure everything was right and we were satisfied. Great Job - Great Customer Service - Great People!”

    Patrice & David Alpharetta, GA

  • “Last June, my wife and I contacted Outdoor Makeover regarding replacing the “weeds” in our front lawn with sod, replacement of all shrubs in the front and back yards and the planting several new trees throughout our property. Once we confirmed the design plan, the Outdoor Makeover crew got started immediately. The job soon took on a life of its own and Navid and his crew were ready and willing to be flexible and get the job done. It is a pleasure to work with a professional that understands the meaning of good communication and customer service. The project came out perfect and we are very happy with our new lawn, shrubs and trees. We look forward to a mutually beneficial, long-term relationship with Outdoor Makeover.”

    Amy & Joe Roswell, GA

  • “While we had a general idea of some things we wanted done, Navid was able to envision a work product beyond that which we could have imagined. In addition to being very accessible, Navid was very customer focused and was intent throughout the project of ensuring that our expectations were met. We were amazed at his team’s ability to execute so quickly from “design” to final product. Expectations were more than exceeded, and we would certainly use Navid and Outdoor Makeover on future projects.”

    Larry S. Atlanta, GA

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