Tips on Preventing Erosion


Introduction to Erosion

Before the construction of any building site whether it be a public assignment or a residential assignment, or even placing pavers in your backyard, there should be an Erosion Control Program in place. Most programs are very basic; they normally required actions like removing existing concrete from the ground, removing vegetation, landslides, and most commonly when existing soil is tampered with. These types of programs help with the prevention of soil erosion.
Controlling Erosion

Advantages of Controlling Erosion

  • Keeps the water supplies pure.
  • Keeps the building site safe and free of dangerous hazards.
  • Improves your harvest supply.
  • Helps soil contain its important nutrients.


Definition of Erosion: the breaking down of rocks or soil by physical break down, chemicals, or caused by nature. Examples: wind, rain, water, or ice.

In general erosion is caused naturally. Other times it is caused by builders or homeowners. Nowadays there are many products on the market to assist with the problem.

Erosion Control Blankets

Many types of blankets are available today to assist with erosion control. The blankets and mats are placed onto the affected area. They must be tight and securely placed to be most effective. The blankets can be used to fix harsh problems that may cause erosion, such as heavy rainfall, snow, and ice.

Erosion Control Blankets

Retaining Walls

Retaining Walls

Homeowners can prevent erosion by building retaining walls. In cases where the shorelines are flooded with water causing erosion to occur, large cement pavers can be constructed as a retaining wall to prevent the water from traveling onwards, which will prevent erosion from happening.

Large boulder type rocks, or large concrete pavers, can also be used, to stop erosion on the shorelines.

Residue Covers

Erosion normally begins once water has deposited minute soil atoms and other soil collectives. Rainfall is the most common cause. A residue cover can be known as the most successful and most cost effective source of demolishing erosion.

The main purpose of a residue cover is to provide a protective shield for the surface of the soil. So when any impact hits, like raindrops, water, or ice, the residue cover prevents water from depositing these soil collectives. They also help divert rainfall in other directions away from the soil, and into drains etc.   

Residue Covers



Mulch is a reasonably priced material. It is also very affective and improves erosion control just by applying a simple layer.

Just one layer of mulch is enough to protect the soil, especially when heavy rainfall occurs. Mulch protects the soil by helping it hold its needed moisture.

NOTE: it is mostly recommended that you seek manufactures instruction on which mulch is best for your soil.


Grass is another option for erosion control. However, grass will only control erosion for the short-term. Grass can be placed on to the eroded area, where it will then grow over, covering the surface, and providing temporary control.

The grassed area could even be turned into a nice simple garden, by adding a few plants, and shrubs. There are also many feeding products like seeds and plant food that will help the plants to grow. A paved border around the garden will also help create a nice surrounding. Concrete Pavers, Brick Pavers etc are highly recommended. Note: You must seek manufactures advice when deciding on which plants and shrubs to use.

Grass Protects Soils