A well-landscaped yard adds curb appeal to your home, increases property values, and can even help you sell your house faster. But over time, the landscape in front of your house may be destroyed by soil erosion due to poor gardening techniques or severe weather conditions. However, you can restore it easily by using simple remedies that are both cheap and effective.
The first step is to assess the damage done by erosion. If there are large areas where grass cannot grow because they’re rocky or barren (due to compaction), then you should consider replacing them with ground covers like pachysandra.
If there’s only deep scarring on the topsoil, you need preventative measures rather than restorative ones; otherwise, the problem will recur. In this case, the primary solution is to add topsoil over existing soil and add seeded grass to fill in bare patches.
1- Create a Retaining Wall
If your yard is sloping, it could be another sign of soil erosion. If so, you have to create a retaining wall to keep the topsoil from washing away.
When building this wall, make sure that the layers are built with different-sized stones to prevent them from sliding out. In addition, you can build up the back of the wall to create a hill effect that helps hold the dirt down. Also, plant trees on both sides of the wall to anchor everything into place.
A retaining wall is a structure built with different-sized stones to hold the soil in place. For example, if you find your front yard sloping, this could be because of erosion. To stop erosion, build a retaining wall that is anchored on both sides with trees. Then, they can be used to create an artificial hill effect for better soil retention.
2- Mulch Your Garden Pathways
Mulching is one of the best ways to prevent soil erosion because it creates a barrier between your yard and work areas like patios, garden beds, and pathways. Not only does mulch prevent weed growth, but using compost is also an effective way to fertilize your garden.
Mulch, an organic material spread on the soil surface, buffers your landscaping from both below and above. Mulch blocks sunlight from reaching weed seeds and roots to discourage weed growth. It also prevents water from running off into your landscaping to reduce erosion by making it trickle down into the soil. Mulch also reduces the amount of stress that weeds put on your lawn and helps your lawn retain moisture to prevent dry patches and yellowing.
3- Cover Your Garden Beds with Wood Chips
If you have raised garden beds, line the bottom of each one with wood chips to keep weeds from growing. This allows for better water drainage around the plants during their dry season and prevents soil erosion common on sloped ground. Plus, it keeps bugs away!
Wood chips are a great option for dealing with erosion because of how easy they are to find and not expensive. In addition, they work by preventing weed growth which helps your lawn maintain moisture during dry spells. Wood chips also protect against erosion when used on the sloped ground because the wood prevents water from running off into your landscaping or nearby rivers or streams.
4- Mix Sand into Soil to Help Compaction
Poor soil compaction causes serious issues like puddles after heavy rainfalls, poor drainage along pathways, and plants falling over because they can’t get enough nutrients. One solution is to mix sand into the topsoil layer of your yard to help improve its quality at different depths. You can also use topsoil that’s already mixed with sand.