Your yard's landscaping needs to be kept up and maintained in order for you to keep your plants and vegetation healthy and alive, but not just for appearance's sake. Soil stabilization within your yard is an important part of landscaping maintenance and yard care, which is why you need to understand its effects and how you can put a stop to it. Here are some tips that you can use in your yard landscaping to promote good soil stabilization and reduce erosion.
Use Strategic Plantings
The soil within your yard needs to be kept within your yard and prevent it from washing away, blowing off from the soil surface, or putting fine particles into the air to cause breathing pollution and health issues. When soil is not taken care of it can drift off your yard and leave your soil exposed to hard clay and other unhealthy soil conditions for you to deal with. The best way to stop your soil from experiencing erosion is to establish a good root system throughout the area. And you can do that by planting vegetation of many types. When vegetation begins to grow in the soil, its roots grow outward and interlock with one another, connecting themselves into a web of strength below the soil.
You can choose from shrubbery, trees, and flowers of annual or perennial varieties. If you are working with an area that covers a large area or is on a slope, plant a covering of grass seed or a drought-tolerant plant, such as clover. Clover will grow thickly and spread over the area similar to grass seed. Just make sure you keep the area moist while the seeds are germinating so they don't dry out and succumb to erosion. In addition to fighting erosion, clover will add nitrogen to the soil to help its overall fertility and boost its nutrients for further vegetation growth.
Consider Ground Cover Materials
Another great option to help fight off soil erosion is by covering the surface of your soil with materials that help hold down the soil against erosion exposure. Soil that is covered with a couple of inches of bark mulch or decomposing rock will be protected against erosion from rain storms or irrigation and heavy winds. And the great benefit of using a biodegradable or organic mulch is that when the material breaks down over time, it adds nutrients to the soil that will promote the soil's fertility content.