Using Your Landscape to Prevent Erosion

In Tucson, erosion control is a major issue. Because the landscape is dry for most of the year and the rains that do come often come in the form of monsoons, soil erosion can occur quickly. Fortunately for homeowners, there are some specific landscaping techniques that can help control erosion, no matter how much soil you need to keep in place. Here are some of the strategies that your landscaper may suggest to prevent erosion on your property.

Riprap Rocks

Riprap rocks are used across Arizona, particularly on slopes and channel areas. These graded rocks are placed directly on a slope or the banks of channels to firmly hold soil in place, even in areas that are subject to extreme wind or water erosion. One of the many benefits of using riprap is that it will last indefinitely as long as it is installed properly. Filter materials are used underneath the riprap rocks to further reduce erosion.

Erosion Control Blankets

Erosion control blankets can be used in a variety of different areas, including newly landscaped spaces, drainage swales, ditches that will be planted or seeded, and steep to moderate slopes. They are usually made of natural, biodegradable materials, including straw, coconut, and wood excelsior. In some cases, they can be made from synthetic materials, such as polypropylene. They help to boost water filtration into the soil, and they can be used with seed mixes to prevent the loss of seeds through wind or rainfall. Because they increase soil moisture retention, they can also help new seed mixes grow.

Retaining Walls

Although homeowners previously eschewed retaining walls because they were considered to be eyesores, they are now widely embraced, thanks to new designs and materials. They no longer have to made exclusively of concrete and can be blended into your overall landscaping in an aesthetically pleasing way. Retaining walls provide excellent erosion control on many different types of properties.

If you’re interested in adding erosion control to your property, consult with the professionals at Horticulture Unlimited, Inc. today. To speak to a landscaping expert in Tucson, call (520) 321-4678.

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