Erosion Control in Atlantic County, New Jersey
With part of the county sitting on the South Jersey Beaches, Atlantic County, New Jersey has small towns and bustling cities, This area of New Jersey sees some unique weather patterns that can lead to erosion and to a homeowner investing in erosion control.
Homeowners and business owners may find that their property slopes in places or there are isolated areas where water draws a defined path, moving soil with it as it goes. If you're experiencing erosion in your landscape, it can affect the overall look and make your yard look barren in places. A landscaping company can help you with erosion control and help you regain that lush, beautiful outdoor space. Here are some things you need to know about erosion.
What Is Erosion?
When it comes to landscaping, erosion is the gradual destruction of soil, rocks, grass, and shrubs. This destruction is typically caused by wind, water, and other natural agents. This is a slow and gradual process but there are things that you can do to prevent it from occurring in your outdoor space. Some solutions are as easy as planting shrubs while others require more work, such as adding terraces to your outdoor space.
Ways of Achieving Erosion Control in Atlantic County, New Jersey
For the most part, erosion in your landscape comes from water. This could be the frequent rains or storms that come off of the Atlantic Ocean. In some cases, wind from these storms can cause erosion in your yard. Since you can't stop Mother Nature, you and your landscaping company need to put some erosion controls in place to mitigate storm and water damage to your yards, such as:
Plant Shrubs and Plants on Slopes
Erosion occurs easily on slopes. Rainwater runs down bringing soil and grass with it. Gravity does some of the work. Over time, the slope becomes more distinct and steep. However, if you plant shrubs and plants on the slope, it will absorb some of the rain while keeping the soil in place. It isn't enough to plant grass on the slopes since the water will easily pull it grass along with it. It's a good idea to install these plants during a drier time of year to give the roots a chance to grow before the water washes the seeds and mulch down the slop.
You can create several levels of terraces and plant them with shrubs, flowers, and native plants. Creating this multi-level garden on your slope will help to absorb the water as its introduced. It also eliminates the water's direct path down a slope. In between the terraced levels, you need to build retaining walls made from timber, stone, concrete or precast concrete block to keep the soil from shifting and sliding down the slope. To keep water from collecting at each level of the terraces, each terrace must have a slight slope.
Rain is going to come, and there will be water flowing through your yard so you might need to create irrigation channels to control the flow of the water and keep it from areas that are easily eroded. You can use a system of logs, concrete barriers, and other materials that water doesn't flow through to move the water away from easily eroded areas and off your property.
While regular grass won't stop erosion on a steep slope, turf grass on a gentle slope can slow erosion. It's a good idea to use grass such as annual rye that will generate and put down roots quickly. You don't want the seeds to wash away before they have a chance to develop roots. If possible, aerate the slope before planting the seeds. Your landscaping company will probably lay straw over the seeds before they take hold. The straw will absorb the water and help keep the seeds in place.
If you have a slope of fewer than 33 degrees, you might be able to use mulch to slow the effects of erosion. It's beneficial to use shredded bark and large, heavy rocks and lay down at least three inches of it to keep the soil underneath in place during times of rain and high wind.
Benefits of Erosion Control
When you hire your local landscaping company for erosion control, you want to know that there are some benefits to doing so. Erosion control offers a variety of positives for your outdoor space and your home, including:
Once you have your erosion under control, your yard will become more lush and green. You'll lose the bald spots in your landscaping. If you use terraces and plant flowers for erosion control, they'll make your yard even more appealing.
If water is eroding a slope that leads down to your home, the water won't drain off the property. It may stop at your home and become puddles of standing water. These puddles will last until the water soaks into the ground. It may cause damage to your home's structure as it sits there. Also, if the erosion becomes bad enough, you may need to hire a landscaping company to recreate slopes and fill in areas of missing soil and grass.
Large Service Area
RPM Landscape Contractor offers erosion control throughout Atlantic County and beyond. We take pride in helping home and business owners keep their properties looking pristine. Our service area includes:
- Medford Township
- Cherry Hill
- Washington Township
- Gloucester County
- Ocean City
- Deptford Township
- and more.
We cover all of South Jersey. If you don't see your hometown on the list, contact our office to see if we service your area.
RPM Landscaping Company is a family-owned and operated landscaping company with more than 20 plus years of experience in the business. Our company is licensed and insured to ensure your satisfaction and safety. We strive to communicate with our clients to ensure we create an outdoor area that they can enjoy and take pride in. Call us today for a free quote to solve your erosion control issues.