Droughts Leads to Destructive Erosion

The Connection between Dry Weather and the Corrosion of Your Land

Erosion is made worse by drought, say Le Perv Landscape.You usually don’t think about erosion during a drought.

But even though erosion is considered a wet weather phenomenon, drought does have a role in making erosion worse.

Let’s take an simplified look at this relation.

Here’s how it works:

  • Drought kills plants.
  • Dead plants no longer have viable roots that serve to lock soil in place.
  • Also, dead plants can’t block the winds that cause blow off layers to top soil.
  • That rare rains comes and washes away the soil because there are no roots.
  • Or, winds blow the increasingly dryer soil all over the place.
  • The flow of eroded material can cause serious damage.

In a nutshell, drought makes the potential damage of erosion just that much worse. It’s a wise idea to consider its effect on your property because the rain will come eventually.

Planning for Erosion

What does this erosion factor have to do with your yard?

It may not have much but, that depends on how it’s set up. A yard with inclines, for instance, means water run-off is going to take place. That water has to go somewhere and it likely takes a destructive path to its final resting place.

Therefore, it’s wise to consider what might happen if there’s a deluge of rain. What path will the flow carve through your yard? Will upend those new pavers, for instance?

If the answer is yes, then you may want to take steps to mitigate these possibilities.

Fighting Erosion

The first and often easiest way to stop erosion is to plant vegetation. You want to pick native San Diego plants, which have a root structure suited for the area soil.

And is a tree better than a row or two of wild flowers? The answer is no. Both have the ability to harness water and keep the soil from eroding.

Another way to reduce erosion is to add matting, which is essentially a thick mat that gets spread out over the soil surface. It can be made of wood, straw, or even coconut fibers. The job of the mat is to soak up the elements and allow plants to grow at the same time.

Mulch is another material that fights erosion. In addition, it can serve as a fertilizer and increase the pH of your soil as well. Just keep in mind that mulch deteriorates over time and may need to be replaced in order to do a good job of absorbing rains

Terracing is a landscaping method in which hilly areas are leveled out section by section. The end result is a stairway of sorts that with planes of flat land. These planes act like really thick paper towels; flat, and absorbent.

Having terraces also adds a sense of grandeur. They can be filled with wild flowers that appear to be cascading down the incline of your yard.

Need ideas to fight erosion in your yard? Contact Le Perv Landscape today and allow us to come up with a plan of attack that will not only fight erosion but beautify your property. We’ll find a way and do it for a cost that won’t leave you drenched.

Clarke Ramsey
Landscape Artist. I help landscaping dreams come to live. I create raving fans and give my customers the highest quality product available.
Clarke Ramsey
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