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Controlling Erosion by planting plants and trees.

Soil erosion is a problem faced not just by farmers but also by landscaping people and those who have gardens. The problem becomes even more eminent in the case where the site has a slant.  The landscape retaining walls help very little when it comes to erosion by water. The best natural and time tested solution is to control erosion by planting plants and trees. They not only prevent the soil erosion but also add value and greenery to the existing landscape. There is a large variety of ways in doing so. Following the simple guidelines bellow can significantly control the soil erosion.

  • Using ground covers is a good idea for holding the fine surface soil. However, if the landscape is of hilly nature, the roots of ground cover may not be deep enough to hold the soil.
  • Ground covers also prevent the loose soil from eroding by strong winds. These are best suited for plains and farmlands.
  • The choice of the ground cover would depend on the climate zone of the area. The sage and monkey Flowers often makes good ground covers. 
  • When it comes to slope and hilly area shrubs are the better option. They have deeper roots and can hold more depth of the soil.
  • Counter farming is a very good technique to avoid soil erosion. In the areas where there are lots of slopes, this gives an opportunity of designing and giving a particular character to the slope.
  • Buckwheat and poppies type shrubs are a good idea to plant to prevent the soil erosion. Like the other cases, the choice of the shrub is dependent on the climate zone.
  • Using large shrubs in combination with the trees can be very useful to stabilize a hilly slope.  The trees which can be helpful for this purpose could be evergreen trees. The bushes and trees also act as air barriers and help the land soil from being eroded by strong winds.
  • When the land is not being used it can easily be eroded by various agents. The cover crops should be used in order to prevent the soil erosion. Bean plants (legumes) are often a good choice for cover crops.

The plants which are best useful to control soil erosion would be the ones which have deep and fibrous roots. It is important to strategize what plants to be used. One factor that needs to be considered here is about the time that is needed for the seeds to germinate.  So in some cases some intermediate measures need to be taken to avoid soil erosion. It is imperative that such measures should not have any adverse impact in the long run.  Mulch can be used to protect the topsoil erosion. A matting of straws is another example of interim measure for the prevention of the soil erosion. Straws are natural and biodegradable too. Erecting surface runoff barriers from stones or bricks is another good way to prevent soil erosion due to ground water runoff.  This also presents an opportunity to further modify and beautify the landscape.

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