Soil erosion is a naturally occurring process that can affect the quality of topsoil for both farmers and gardeners alike. As the climate changes, it has become an increasing problem, especially for areas that experience a frequency of high winds and heavy rain since they can easily sweep away that top layer of soil and all of those important nutrients along with it. But there are ways to help combat it and strengthen your soil and plants. Here are a few of our top suggestions to incorporate into your landscape to control soil erosion.
Plant Shrubs and Ground Cover
A high volume of foot traffic contributes to brittle soil, which is a main cause of soil erosion. You can easily prevent this by planting good, strong ground over and shrubs that can help deter people from walking along certain areas that may be more prone to erosion. Hearty plants, such as juniper and rosemary are great choices for this purpose. They can stand firm against the wind and are easy to maintain. Buttonbush is another popular choice since it absorbs water and loves all of that excess moisture.
Trees with deep, broad root systems are also highly recommended for areas throughout your garden and landscape that may be more susceptible to erosion. Some trees to consider include pine, fir, cascara, and willow.
Fir trees and pines do well in dry soil and sub-zero temperature since they are part of those hearty conifers. However, they do require a generous dose of sunlight. Cascara and willow one the other hand, prefer moist to wet soil, but also love the sun.
Plant Ornamental Grasses
There are a few great, hearty grasses that can provide soil with the buffer it needs from both the wind and intensive rain. Grasses such as mondo, blue fescue, and yellow foxtail are all great species to use. They also require little effort to maintain and they can grow well in both shade and full sun. One of the best features about each of these is the roots system they develop. They all establish extensive, strong roots and are a popular choice for placing along borders of a garden.
You can improve the quality of your soil and help reduce and prevent the effects of soil erosion by controlling it with what you plant. Incorporate some of these suggestions into your garden to help maintain nutrients and topsoil.
If your garden or lawn has an issue with soil erosion, come talk to the lawn and garden experts at Ritchie Feed & Seed.