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Erosion control or how not to lose your yard

July 17, 2016 02:47 PM
Dug up trench in a front yard
Construction sites can send enormous amounts of soil downstream

If you are planning a landscaping project please note there are a few things that should be considered to prevent the loss of valuable soil from your lawn.

Erosion is a major problem, not only for homeowners, but also for our local lakes and rivers. Loose soil doesn't stop when it reaches the edge of the lawn. Instead it continues onward into nearby storm sewers, wetlands, lakes and streams. Construction sites, in particular, can send enormous quantities of soil downstream, into local waterways.

Step 1

The first step in preventing erosion at home is to cover all bare soil. This can be accomplished temporarily with a tarp or landscaping fabric.

Step 2

The next step is to establish permanent vegetation in the area. This may mean sodding the area or planting grass seed. The best results come from products that control erosion and distribute seed together in one package. Some examples include compost with seed and hydromulch with seed. You can also protect newly seeded soil with a biodegradable erosion control blanket, available at many nurseries.

Hillsides and shoreline

For steep hillsides and shoreline property, deep-rooted native plants are the best defense against erosion. The roots of native grasses, flowers and shrubs anchor the soil and increase its ability to absorb water.

Ongoing erosion problems, contact us

If you have persistent problem with erosion control on your property, contact city engineer, Jesse Struve to work with you to create a landscaping plan for controlling erosion.


Jesse Struve
City Engineer
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