soil erosion

tifgw(z5 MI)August 11, 2008

There is soil erosion due to a small creek at the end of our backyard. To fix the problem, we plan to build up the bank using top soil and put a layer of rock over it. Do we need to cover the soil with the cloth? Or, it's better to leave the soil uncovered so that the weeds can grow to hold the soil? Suggestions are appreciated. Zone 5-6, moist to wet, partial sun.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
casper1(5/6- -10F Ont)

from the info supplied, I would basically build a dike (wall) of larger rocks, boulders,and would backfill. I would start the backfill by using sod, or what have you,green side to the rocks. the grass would continue to grow,holding the soil in place, and the rocks would hold the grass.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2008 at 5:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

You'll also want to address the root cause of the erosion, or all your work may be for naught. Is there more water flowing through the stream than in the past? Did someone upstream do something to change the flow? Slowing down the stream, such as by placing bits of log in the stream, can help stop streams from cutting down and creating canyons. But it depends on the overall factors affecting why your stream is causing erosion, which could depend on a number of things.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2008 at 10:11AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
overwintering potted trees & seedlings
I have a lot of small volunteer trees from bad spots...
Betty/Jane Magnolia
My house faces south and I really would like a Magnolia...
suggestions for buying online clematis
I am looking for Canadian sites to search/buy clematis...
dieffenbachia flowering
Hello there. My dieffenbachia is about five years old...
Shrub Recommendations/Photos for Zone 2-3
Having recently moved to an acreage in Grande Prairie...
Sponsored Products
Ephesus Collection Multicolor Waves Contemporary Area Rug (8'2 x 9'10)
eUnique Decor 48 x 17 Rectangular Elephant Grass Console Table
Brown Damask Rocks Glass Storage Box
$19.99 | zulily
Earthwise's TC70001 8.5-Amp Electric Tiller and Cultivator
American Rug Craftsmen Dryden Chapel Beige Runner Rug
$162.99 | LuxeDecor
American Rug Craftsmen Dryden Summit View Red Runner Rug
$162.99 | LuxeDecor
Classic Filigree Hose Station
$179.00 | FRONTGATE
Ikat Outdoor Pillow - Ikat Orange, 12" x 20"
Grandin Road
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™