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You might remember learning the definition of "environment" in science class as a kid. Put simply, the environment is everything that surrounds you. It is the plants, animals, soil, water, and sky that make up this vast planet. One way that humans utilize the environment is to harness some of its resources to generate energy. In using this coal, water, or wind from the environment, they are able to generate electricity to power lights, heaters, and even microwaves. Learn more about how humans use the earth to generate power on this website. We've compiled these articles after a lot of research, and we think you'll find them helpful.


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3 Ways To Prevent Soil Erosion On Your Property

Jeffery Carlson

When you have a property, you want to make sure your property stays on track and doesn't erode away. Soil erosion can change the very structure of your property. It can compromise your property's overall integrity as well, which is why it is essential to prevent soil erosion before it becomes a big issue for your property.

Mulch Exposed Surfaces

When it comes to controlling soil erosion, often the most natural methods are the best. One way to control soil erosion is to place mulch over any exposed soil on your property. You are going to want to place mulch so that it is a couple of inches thick. The mulch will help keep the soil in place, reduce the impact of raindrops when they hit the soil, and help protect the soil from blowing away when high winds occur. Mulch will also degrade over time and improve the quality of the soil.

When choosing mulch, you will want to use heavier types of mulch on steep areas or are exposed to lots of wind and lighter weight mulch on less exposed soil. On steeper slopes, you are also going to want to create a thicker layer of mulch.

When you spread the mulch, be sure to spread it evenly, and don't leave any soil exposed.

Natural Ground Coverings

Next, you can use natural ground coverings. Vegetation is often the best way to fight back against erosion, as the roots will grow down into the soil, helping to hold the soil in place. The presence of vegetation will also protect the soil from erosion brought on by wind and rain.

There are endless options that don't require a lot of work on your part when it comes to ground cover. You can plant lawn daisies or poppies, plant many succulents, or use some creeping thyme. Covering up loose soil with plants will go a long way in preventing erosion and is one of the most helpful things you can do.

Plant a Rain Garden

You can also plant a rain garden. A rain garden is one where you plant vegetation that needs a lot of water. These items will help soak up the water that hits the soil. Around the garden, you will place small and large stones, creating a pathway for the water. The stones will help keep the soil in place and direct the water to the plants that need it. A rain garden can add beauty to your property, help with water drainage, and prevent erosion.

If you are worried about erosion on your property, natural ways are often the best. Put mulch over any exposed soil, plant natural ground coverings on exposed soil, and add a rain garden to control the flow of water to your property. Work with a professional to figure out other ways you can reduce erosion on your property.

For more information, contact an erosion control service in your area.