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How can I prevent erosion and runoff in my yard?

Tips on keeping soil in place

Sept. 15, 2017 –  Erosion can happen on any size property. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) September 15 Soils Matter blog post explains how to protect your yard—and our environment—from erosion.

Driveway swale with rocks and flowers“Erosion is unsightly at best and an environmental problem at worst,” says James Hartsig, a certified professional soil scientist at Duraroot. But you can do some simple things to protect your yard – and our environment – from erosion.”

Hartsig recommends:

  • Covering bare soil with plants or mulch;
  • Using native plants where possible with deeper roots;
  • Using terraces or retaining walls for steeper slopes; and
  • Managing rainwater with rain barrels, French drains, or rain gardens.

“By implementing best management practices in one’s yard, the chance of erosion occurring can be greatly decreased,” Hartsig says. “Keeping your topsoil in place with these types of practices will help keep your lawns healthy and productive for vegetative growth.”

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The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a progressive, international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Based in Madison, WI, SSSA is the professional home for 6,000+ members dedicated to advancing the field of soil science. It provides information about soils in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use.

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