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Soil Stabilization Recommendations For Improved Property Quality And Condition

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Soil erosion within your property and land is something you don't want to have occurring, due to the health hazards, impairment to other drivers, soil displacement, and loss to your topsoil and related nutrients in the soil. To correct soil erosion, you need to look at the area and use of the soil so you can effectively select the right repair method to stop the soil loss. Here are some recommendations to help you protect and maintain your property with soil stabilization techniques.

Add Elements to the Soil

Often when your soil is suffering from erosion from wind and precipitation, you can add certain elements to the soil to correct the problem and hold the soil in its proper place. When your soil can be used for parking or driving, look at the addition of cement to the soil, which, once it is sprayed with water, will compact into place and give you a stable surface. You can also look at adding lime to the soil and compacting it into a formed flat area, then misting it with water to enable the lime and soil to form a hard surface crust. 

Vegetation added to your soil will prevent soil erosion from wind and rain as well, but with the added benefit of attractive landscaping and the formation of oxygen and cooling to the air. However, to plant vegetation with soil suffering from erosion, you need some extra stability within the soil during the germination and growth of the vegetation. When you plant vegetation from seeds, install it with a spray-on application to hold the seeds in place or an erosion control covering.

Manage Soil Slope

When a slope in your yard creates a natural runoff area where precipitation and irrigation cause problems with your soil protection, you will need to adjust the slope of the soil and the slope's profile to promote soil stabilization. And you can do this by building up areas in your soil to prevent slope runoff. 

You can build up areas by adding in soil and terracing the soil over the slope. You can terrace soil with the use of other materials, such as concrete blocks, railroad ties, boulders, and rocks, or with small concrete retaining walls. With this sloping management, you can effectively stop moisture runoff and use the soil for vegetation growth, which will further promote soil stabilization.

If your property has roof runoff through a gutter and downspout that is deposited onto the soil, look at adding in a covering over the slope to slow the flow of water. You can install river rocks, a concrete gutter to channel the water down into a collection basin, or construct the slope into a dry river bed or swale.