As California continues through the longest drought on record, the state faces another challenge: heavy rain. When you combine drought conditions and heavy rain the most common, and potentially dangerous, result is erosion. Soil compaction is one of the effects of drought. It takes time for water to penetrate compacted soil and heavy rains do not allow enough time for this to happen. The excess water creates flash floods, as well as potentially damaging erosion for your landscape and home.
There are two things you can do to protect your home: install erosion control solutions and proper drainage. Both can direct water away from your home and sensitive landscape areas. By doing this, it prevents water from seeping into your basement and/or house foundation, which cause problems from mold growth to foundation issues.
One of the solutions to control erosion is grading the area and creating a gentle slope leading away from your home, which will direct water to safe drainage areas. However, if the terrain is not right for grading, you can use some of the many products for erosion and drainage control carried at your local Hydro-Scape. We have a wide variety of products to help you keep your home safe. These include both long-term and quick solutions.
- Masonry blocks
- Soil stabilizers
- Drainage pipe
- Straw wattles
- Straw blankets
- Just netting
- Sand bags
- Silt Fence
In addition to controlling erosion, you often need to pair it with proper landscape drainage. There are several simple steps you can take to maintain and improve your landscape drainage system. Check out our article on installing French drains for another effective means of erosion control.
As always, the Irrigation and Landscape professionals at your local Hydro-Scape are happy to help you with all of your erosion and drainage control needs. Our experts can show you the best product for your situation.