Tips For Stabilizing Soil In A Sloped Yard

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Ideally, all homes would be built on lots that are completely flat. Unfortunately, the topography in some areas makes that impossible, so many people own homes that are on sloped lots. When you have a sloped yard, it is important to take the proper steps to ensure that the soil is stable in order to prevent erosion and other issues. Doing so will help ensure that you can have a beautifully landscaped yard that does not experience regular problems. If you have a sloped yard, use the following tips to help stabilize the soil:

Plant Grass and Ground-Covering Shrubs

One of the easiest ways to stabilize a slope in your yard is by planting the right vegetation. Both grass and ground-covering shrubs are great for a yard that is sloped. As the grass and shrubs grow and develop a root system, the soil on the sloped portion of the yard will be at a much lower risk of erosion. Make sure that you consult a landscape designer to assist you in selecting the right type of grass and shrubs for your climate. You will also need to take into consideration how much sunlight the sloped area of your yard receives when selecting grass and shrubs to plant.

Ensure That There Is Good Drainage

One of the keys to landscaping a sloped yard and ensuring that the soil remains stable is good drainage. Failure to address the drainage in your sloped yard almost guarantees that you will have erosion problems. The drainage system that you will need will depend on how steep the slope is. With a gentle slope, drainage may be controlled by installing rock areas down the hill to absorb and divert water. With a steeper slope, it may be necessary to install drains that will remove water.

Build Retaining Walls

Retaining walls can add a lot of visual appeal to a yard, but they are also an excellent tool for soil stabilization. In some cases, one retaining wall may be all that you need, but for a steep slope, you may want to consider having several terraced retaining walls in order to best stabilize the soil and prevent erosion. If you want the best results possible, you should have the retaining walls professionally designed and installed by an experienced landscaping company. A landscaping professional will know exactly where to build the retaining walls to keep the soil on the slope stable. 

For more information, contact a slope stabilization professional.


28 October 2019