A hillside on your property can pose a unique problem -- erosion. This is especially true in new builds where there may be no natural turf or landscaping planted to help stabilize the slope. Over time, the hillside will erode away, which means that dirt will slide down toward your property or over a driveway below -- resulting in even bigger problems. Fortunately, there are some attractive ways to control erosion on a landscape hill. The following are just a few ideas.
On a gradual slope, a healthy lawn may be all you need to control erosion. Choose a turf grass with deep roots or opt for a native bunchgrass, since these tend to anchor slopes well. The most difficult part, particularly with turf grasses, is getting them to take initial root. Sod is preferable to seed, since seed will likely just wash to the bottom of the hill. When planting sod, make sure the edges are staked in place, particularly on the upslope side. This will prevent wind or water from washing the sod off the hill. Once the sod is fully rooted, you can remove the stakes.
For steeper slopes, plastic erosion grids can be the perfect solution. These grids are pressed into the hillside so they are flush with the soil. You then fill in the grid openings with grass, wildflowers, groundcover, herbs, or any other herbaceous plant desired. The grids provide the primary stabilization by preventing erosion, whereas the plant roots provide a secondary stabilization that creates a very sturdy hillside. These grids are especially useful if the area has heavy foot traffic, since they withstand foot wear better than turf would. Once planted, the grids are nearly invisible. You can even mow right over them.
Terracing is another option that works well on any slope but is especially useful for steep slopes with major erosion issues. Terrace walls are typically made of railroad ties, concrete block, or poured concrete. The depth of each terrace and the number of terraces needed depend on both the grade of the slope as well as your design desires. One major benefit of terracing over other erosion control methods is that it results in level planting areas that stairstep down the slope. You can grow flowers or vegetables, depending on your gardening desires.
Controlling erosion is an important part of your landscape responsibilities. Contact a landscaping service like Bark Blowers & Hydroseeding Inc for more help.