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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.
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.
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.
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.