One of our country’s most famous landmarks was formed from consistent water erosion – The Grand Canyon. Although this type of soil erosion has created one of the most spectacular American landforms, when it comes to our backyards or community common areas, there’s a different story. Water erosion in our communities can become not only an eyesore but also very costly and hazardous to homeowner safety.
Soil erosion happens when heavy rains hit the overly saturated ground, loosening the soil underneath and washing it across the ground. Faulty irrigation systems or mainline water breaks can also cause erosion issues. This type of runoff can carry fertilizers, nutrients, and other types of pollutants with it, presenting a hazard of harming wildlife who drink from the larger bodies of water. Not only does erosion carry the soil where it shouldn’t be, it also proposes tripping hazards, clogged dry wells, and nutrient degradation.
Monsoon season brings not only destructive winds and dust storms but also heavy rains which can cause erosion in our dry desert landscape. Talk with your professional landscape management company to discuss any preventative measures your community can make to reduce the risks that go along with soil erosion.