how to stop erosion

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How to stop water from tearing away your land.

    As a property owner I am sure you don’t like loosing chunks of your property to erosion. Erosion is caused by fast running water taking the dirt below it and moving it. The problem is we don’t want our land moved, and in my experience  the water never moves your land in a helpful way. So lets look at how to stop water from cutting away at your property.

               erosion       When fast moving water goes over the edge of a bank it starts to cut a groove in it. In one good rain event you could see problems like the one in the picture to the left. Water will take the path of least resistance, so if you don’t give it a place to go it will go where ever.

In the picture you see some cinder blocks and pieces of a cut up tree I put in there, this will help to strengthen the area and make it harder for the water to cut it back after you repair the damage. My plan to fix this is to take some fence posts and pound them in where the flatland stops and the hillside starts. Then I will fill that in with rocks and old block I have laying around. and cover it with dirt. When its done you wont be able to tell that it ever happened.

            photo      Here is another hill side that was eaten away at. This is not as bad right now but will get very bad extremely quick, so its on my hurry up and get this done list also. To fix this one I am going to just fill it in with rocks, and I may toss some dirt over it just to deter bugs from living in the rocks.

Stop erosion

After you have fixed the areas that need to be addressed you need to take action to prevent this from happening again. It should not be hard to figure out where the water flow on your land is, just follow the path of destruction. The cheapest and easiest way to stop water from tearing your hillsides down is to build a berme at the top of the hill to prevent water form running over the edge.

     Being a cheapskate like I am, I would normally gather a bunch of rocks and pile them all at the top of the hill, be sure to use some good sized rocks so they don’t just get knocked over the edge and you end up with the same problem again.  Then, go back over the top and cover it with dirt, this will prevent the water from running through the cracks between the rocks. image (5)


Below is another way that will work to prevent erosion. I had a treated pole from our old power line, I laid it across the top of the hill that was beginning to wash away. I did not have any stakes or t posts available so I took some 5 foot 2x4s and pounded them deep in the ground behind the pole to keep it from washing away. Then I took some dirt and filled in the bottom to seal it, so water does not just run under it. If I decide to keep it this way I will get a more permanent way of staking it down, but this worked just fine in a pinch.


Slow the flow of water

After you get all your flow problems tied up, you usually end up with another problem. With no way for the water to leave the property, your yard turns into a giant pool of water.  To fix this issue you need to put in some drainage.  This can simply be a large diameter pipe buried on the ground that lets the water pass through to a location where either the water can collect, or the water can run without tearing up your land.

IMG_0091   Be sure to check from time to time that your drain is not blocked or clogged in any way. Consider installing a large screen at the top so that you can clean out blockages there, it is much easier than clearing a clogged pipe half way down a hill side. If your drain is not clearing the water quick enough to prevent problems, consider adding a second drain to help move the water out.
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  1. That’s a good point that you can just follow the “path of destruction” to find the flow of water on your land. Typically, water flows in the easiest path. Water is one of the most potent weathering agents, so it’s important to take it into account.

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