If you do any kind of gardening or landscaping around your home then you’ve probably had to deal with soil erosion at one point or another. This problem is especially common during spring when we get most of our rainfall. June is the wettest month of the year in most states. But with a tiny bit of effort and a little know-how, you can effectively protect your topsoil. In today’s post, one of West Seneca, New York’s top gutter and roofing companies shares a few tips on how to manage soil erosion.
1. Get the Right Kind of Plants
There are certain types of plants that you can plant specifically to manage soil erosion. The best ones are drought-tolerant, have an extensive and fibrous root system to hold on to the soil, and have spreading foliage to manage heavy rainfall.
2. Get Shade-Tolerant Lawn Grass
The right kind of grass can do wonders to prevent soil erosion, even on minor slopes. Gutter and roof replacement companies recommend you choose grass with a dense root mass around areas where water from your roof and gutters drain. A grass that can germinate quickly can also help stabilize soil while perennial grass is still being established.
3. Add Barriers or RipRaps
Another effective way to manage erosion is to install barriers. Barriers can slow down or divert water from flowing directly downhill. Ripraps, on the other hand, are loose stones that are about six to eight inches wide that are spread loosely onto the slope and are also used to divert water. These solutions are especially effective in areas where you have water runoff from your downspouts.
From minor roof repair services to gutter installation and everything in between, if you are a homeowner in West Seneca, NY, and are in need of professional home exterior services, be sure to give Expert Contracting a call at (716) 572-7303 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.