Whichever US state you live in, erosion can be an ever-present danger if you don’t put in place proper measures. With some areas particularly prone to heavy rainfall or naturally located in regions with loose, unstable soil, soil erosion can lead to property damages, as well as loss of lives. Knowing the grave dangers of letting such safety threats unchecked, every property owner should therefore ensure that erosion control components are already in place and working the soonest possible time.
The threat of erosion is specifically present in spots close to natural or man-made slopes or hills (like the back of a house or its sides). However, even seemingly flat areas also run the possibility of eroding due to strong winds, heavy rainfall, or earthquake. In short, you can never be too sure.
The great thing is that there are lots of ways to prevent erosion from occurring. These methods of erosion control depend on the type of soil on your property, the various elements that may trigger erosion, and the budget that you have. Specifically, these are the options that you have:
- Retaining walls – Retaining walls are easily among the most preferred types of erosion control methods used in landscaping and residential areas. These are further subdivided into types such as gravity, cantilever, and sheet pile.
- Blankets – Blankets and mats can be very effective in preventing soil erosion, given that they are installed correctly. They can keep ice, snow, and heavy rainfall in check, which in turn prevent soil from eroding.
- Residue covers – They serve as protective shields to the soil and prevent water from depositing soil collectives. Residue covers also divert water into drains, hence diminishing the likelihood of soil erosion.
- Gabion baskets – These are ideal for use in unbalanced soil areas. They are essentially wire and mesh filled with crushed cement, rocks, or pavers. They are perfect for long-term use.
- Grass mats – Grass mats come in square cuts or large rolls and are made of corn and wood fibers. Sloped areas are where they can be best used but they are also ideal for flat areas.
Among the benefits of well planned and structurally sound erosion control structures are the improvement of harvest, maintenance of a pure water source, and safety of properties, people, and livestock.