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5 Steps To Control Erosion on Steep Slopes & Embankments

Apr 11

The majority of soil will stay put. The risk of soil erosion is higher on steep slopes and embankments. To prevent soil erosion, you must make every effort to keep it from washing away. This is vital because it can leave an area with damaged soil barren, which could negatively impact water supply and cause pollution. Even the first layer of topsoil can take many years to repair. It is therefore important to understand how to maintain topsoil.

There are many methods to prevent erosion from steep slopes. These are just a few of the many ways to stop erosion from steep slopes.

Shrubs and Grass make the best.

Grass and shrubs are the best way to prevent soil erosion. The roots of plants are more likely to hold soil together, making it harder to erode. Raindrops that fall on the ground are also slowed down by the plants' leaves. This makes it harder for the soil to be eroded and dislodged. Because they don't expose soil to the elements, ornamental grasses and shrubs with low spread are best.

Add vegetation to slopes with Erosion Control Blankets

There are many options for fiber, compost, and biodegradable blankets/mats on the market. All of them have the same goal: to decrease water erosion on slopes and embankments. Mulch is used to make rolled mats, which are then held together by a fiber mesh. The mats slowly degrade and allow vegetation to grow in the area. Once the mats have been removed, the soil protection against erosion is taken over by the mesh. Ecco llc compost erosion blankets function in a similar manner to mulch products. They provide organic nutrients that stimulate vegetation growth in areas that are not easily irrigated, managed moisture, and germination.

Create terraces

If you want to prevent erosion from steep slopes or embankments, it may be impossible to plant vegetation. It is possible that the steep slopes are too steep to allow any other grass to survive rapid erosion. Terraces can be constructed to support vegetation and slow down erosion. Terraces can be made from any material including concrete blocks or wood. Bio-mechanical solutions, such as the Cascadia Green Wall that uses Filter Soxx for filling in with natural mulch/seeds or geogrid to provide structural support, are also possible. The terraced beds can be used to grow ornamental and other plants.

To stop drainage, create diversions

Divertissements can be used depending on the slope of the embankment to channel water down the slope. You can simply dig along slopes at regular intervals in order to make drains or ditches. If properly planned and installed, gutters and pipes can be just as effective as natural drainages.

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