Water Erosion and How to Avoid It Water Erosion and How to Avoid It

Water erosion in your landscaping can cause a great deal of trouble and mess. It’s best to plan your landscaping in advance so that erosion doesn’t become a problem later on.

Design Your Irrigation Systems
If a landscaper or a homeowner designs the sprinklers or irrigation systems in a property properly, then there will be less trouble with water erosion. Consider the steepness of the slopes in the yard. Also consider the non-porous surfaces.

Slopes will channel water down, and non porous surfaces will allow water to flow to other parts of the yard.

Design small drains or channels into the system if you see a potential for runoff problems.

Plan Vegetation
Use deep rooted plants that will resist being washed away in a storm, and will help stop erosion in the soil. Some plants that fit into that category include forsythia, juniper, day lilies, manzanita, clematis, potentilla, banks roses, salvia and artemesia.

There are also a number of ornamental grasses that create obstacles to water runoff.

Collect Runoff

Another way to prevent erosion is to incorporate collection systems into the landscaping. Covered rain barrels can collect water that can later be used to irrigate flower beds or can be safely drained.

Planned culverts can direct runoff into channels and drains and away from landscaped areas.

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