Soil Erosion: What You Need to Know

Soil erosion can take place quickly, such as during a heavy rainy season, or gradually over time. When we hear the term, we tend to think about cliffs or hills — sloping landscapes — but soil erosion occurs on flat land as well.


When large quantities of soil are dislodged through erosion, the results can be destructive to your property, marine habitats, and the environment. If enough soil on your property is displaced, this erosion could lead to flooding and degradation of your home's foundation along with warped floors and buckling walls.


You can take a few steps to prevent soil erosion on your property. Before heavy rains, make sure your drainage systems are cleared and have your property inspected for existing soil erosion.

Planting ground covers will shield your soil from above while planting vegetation with deep roots helps to hold soil together underneath the surface. Mulching areas that do not contain vegetation can help to prevent erosion on the surface. Take precautions to ensure that your sprinkler system isn't further eroding your soil by watering soil that's already moist enough.

The erosion process can be subtle, and the signs of erosion might also be subtle. Look for exposed tree roots and rocks, mud splatters, and patches of land where nothing is growing naturally.

When rainfall causes topsoil runoff, it carries with it both organic matter and toxins such as fertilizer and pesticides, which ultimately end up in our water supply. By learning about soil erosion, you can better understand its impacts.

About the Author Laura Bennett

Hello, I’m Laura Bennett. I love nature especially when it comes to flowers and different kinds of plants. I started a very small garden behind my house and I named it Humid Garden. So, I created this blog to provide aspiring and inspiring thoughts about gardening for gardeners and anyone who has the intention of keeping a garden.

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