Why Is Landscaping Important in Asheville?
The city of Asheville is a beautiful place to live. It’s nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the natural landscape is lush and green due to mountain showers and winter snowfall. However, along with the rain and snow comes one potential issue that local homeowners have to deal with in western North Carolina, and that’s soil erosion control. Fortunately, proper landscaping can help with that, keeping your home and yard looking as beautiful as it was meant to.
Why Is It Important to Prevent Soil Erosion in Asheville?
Soil erosion happens when natural elements like wind, rain, and snow runoff causes soil to shift and the terrain to change. When there is a lot of rain, it naturally has to find a place to drain. Gravity can cause the rain runoff to create its own channels carrying soil away from where you want it. Not only does that change the way you want your landscaping to look, but it also can affect your property and neighborhood in the following ways:
- Increased flooding due to clogged waterways
- A buildup of silt at the end of driveways
- Increased clogging of neighborhood storm drains and drainage
- Risk of runoff interfering or damaging driveways and swimming pools
- The degradation of local air quality due to exposed soil
- A loss of important nutrients in the soil due to runoff
- Soil and mud blocking the natural flow of local creeks and streams
- Harm to marine life
The good news is that there are ways you can prevent soil erosion and maintain soil quality with landscaping and hardscaping features.
How Does Landscaping Prevent Soil Erosion?
If your property is like many other in Asheville, you have areas that are sloping and uneven. When water from storms or melting snow travels down slopes it wears away the soil making a mess of the land in the ways listed above. The damage that is caused can be unsightly as well as costly to fix. Because Asheville is in the mountains, soil erosion is a common occurrence. However, with erosion control strategies and preparation, like landscaping and hardscaping, you can prevent such damage. Planting vegetation that stabilizes the soil is one solution. However, adding hardscapes like retaining walls, terraces, and rain gardens, will help maintain your yard, saving you time and money.
Ways to Prevent Soil Erosion with Landscaping
Preventing soil erosion involves two significant steps, stabilizing the soil and targeting where you want the water to go. Identifying the areas on your property where it happens, like sloped areas, hills, the path water flows following rain, and the places that you are having to water to maintain.
To stabilize soil on the types of terrain we typically see in Asheville, there are three effective hardscape features that will do the job – terraces, retaining walls, and rain gardens.
Sloping areas or hillsides can be a challenge when trying to prevent soil erosion. An effective and attractive solution is terracing. This involves creating flat areas, or terraces, that look similar to stairs, within the sloped ground. This can be done various ways, but one of the most durable and natural-looking uses stone to support the terrace levels.
On the flat, terraced areas, plants that contribute to nutrient content in the soil can be planted to maintain the quality of the soil. This stabilizes the soil and keeps stormwater where you want it – on your terraced garden.
Another way to prevent soil erosion on sloping areas is by installing retaining walls. If you have areas on your property that you’ve considered leveling so you can get more use out of it, a retaining wall may be a better option. Not only is it easier and likely less expensive to have a landscaping professional install a retaining wall, it also adds to the character of your yard visually. You can create flat areas where patios can be installed, children can play, or gardens can be planted, and retaining walls are very effective at holding back soil that would otherwise erode away. Drainage systems can be created to redirect water under the surface of the soil to lessen the pressure the wall sustains.
Creating a rain garden is yet another method for preventing soil erosion. This can be done by installing a garden at low points in the yard, where water can be directed, instead of running off into the places in your yard where you don’t want it to go. The redirection of the water can be accomplished by creating new channels using stones that direct the flow of water. Further, you can plant native vegetation in the garden that is ideal for their ability to gradually absorb and filter stormwater.
Asheville’s Leading Soil Erosion Control Landscapers
Proper erosion control is best done by professional hardscape contractors. At Ambrose Landscapes, our team is experienced in designing and installing hardscape features that are both beautiful and functional at preventing soil erosion. If you have erosion control issues on your property, we can help resolve them effectively, protecting your property from the risks of soil erosion.