If your lawn looks and feels like it is getting smaller every year, there is a good chance it is! Plantlife and other decorative elements may be disappearing as well. If any of these are happening to your yard, chances are you have lawn erosion and drainage problems. When a lawn is on a slope, weather and rain can wash away your landscape over time. Often times, you don’t notice this until it’s too late. Proactive erosion prevention protects your yard from significant and expensive damage.
Erosion and drainage issues are caused by weather and poor drainage. Rain is the most common factor, but wind and loose soil play a big part as well. Here are some erosion prevention tips to protect your yard from being washed away!
Erosion Prevention Tips for Your Georgia Yard
Add compost or mulch around the base of trees or shrubs.
This will protect the root structure of your plants. Mulch allows water to drain away properly and helps to keep the existing soil in place.
Choose the right plants.
Select plants that provide ground coverage and shrubs that thrive in tough conditions. These plants should be resilient in the face of erosion or poor soil conditions. Plants that cover a large area will build a root structure that supports the soil.
Check soil fertility and pH.
Test the soil to make sure it is healthy. Unhealthy soil will not retain moisture properly and is prone to washing away easily. Healthy soil will not wash or blow away as easily as malnourished soil. Adding compost to the soil will help replenish any missing nutrients. This will also encourage plants to grow a large and more robust root structure.
Redirecting or capturing run-off.
Find ways to channel water through your yard that prevents it from washing away soil. Whether you use landscape drainage or rain gardens, find a way to control rain run-off. If your property is near a stream, lake, or other body of water, consider a drainage ditch for run-off water. Drainage ditches can be lined with rocks or gravel. Place the ditch in an area where it is unobtrusive to the rest of your yard.
Sodding or seeding the soil.
Add a fresh layer of sod or seeds and then cover it with topsoil. After the topsoil has been added, spread pine straw over it. This will help to efficiently absorb water and allow the seeds to begin growing.
Build a retaining wall.
Retaining walls can be built from either, stone, concrete, or even wood. They can also come in a wide range of heights. Retaining walls can also complement the rest of your landscape and be an eye-catching element. Have a professional assess the type of retaining wall needed to support your landscape and prevent erosion.
Install landscape drainage.
Landscape drainage is not only great for erosion prevention, but it also protects from flooding. Flooding is one of the main causes of erosion, as well as property damage. Have a professional company install landscape drainage to keep your home safe and your yard thriving.
If your Georgia home is facing serious erosion problems, it is time to call the experts! Outdoor Makeover & Living Spaces are erosion and drainage experts in Atlanta, GA. Our team will assess your yard and create a custom solution to keep your yard healthy and protected.