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4 Causes of Soil Erosion

Your neighbor has had it and is threatening to sue you. Your property keeps running off into his yard when it rains. A retaining wall will solve the problem, but why is your soil eroding and running off in the first place? Luxury Landscape Supply explains the four common causes of soil erosion below. Once you know why your soil is eroding, you can take the steps to resolve the issue and pacify your neighbor.

1. Water

Water is the most common cause of soil erosion. When it rains for an extended period of time or floods, your ground gets so wet that it loosens and begins to flow with the water. If you’ve ever been caught in a huge flood or seen one on TV, you can see the muddy water flowing down the street.

2. Wind

Wind can also make soil erode by displacing it. Depending on the circumstance, you might end up with dry soil erosion that is carried in the wind or a combination of wind and rain that grabs your land and throws it all over the place. Hurricane conditions can certainly cause soil run-off.

3. Ice

We don’t get much ice here in Lawrenceville, GA, but for those that do, the concept is the same as water. Ice freezes on the ground and eventually melts. As it melts, it gets the ground underneath wet. If the ground is wet enough, the soil will erode and run off as if it were raining.

4. Gravity

Gravity is a primary culprit behind the three other causes. If your land is sloped, the soil is going to naturally head down the slope because of gravity. Add water, wind, and/or ice to the mix and you’ve got a muddy avalanche that ends up in your neighbor’s yard and makes him mad.

Benefits of a Retaining Wall

A retaining wall will do more than prevent the soil erosion from making its way into your neighbor’s property, the street, or the sewers. A retaining wall also boosts the value of your property and sustains the soil so you can use it for other things, such as planting a garden.

Retaining walls can be made from bricks or decorative stone to enhance the beauty of your home. You can also grade your property into sections that are bound by retaining walls for a gorgeous tiered look. Just call Luxury Landscape Supply in Lawrenceville, GA. We have the retaining wall supplies you need to prevent soil erosion and run-off and get your neighbor off your back.

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