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Plant Grasses to Stop Erosion

Updated on October 29, 2014

If you have a fine backyard and the hobby of gardening, you naturally wish to plant a beautiful collection of flowering and other trees. But you may notice that the plants are not growing to your desired speed and density, one reason for which may be erosion of soil, because the land is sloping. This gives rise to barren spots and ugly messes on the downside land. In such a case, one easy way to control erosion is to plant grasses on the land to create pleasant lawns. Some grass varieties are particularly erosion-resistant and help you get rid of the problem.

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Variety of Grasses

A way to fight with the erosion problem effectively with the help of grasses is not to plant same types all over the land. You should keep on changing the varieties, whereby you have several species in one area. This is very effective because each species has a different depth of roots and thus together they control erosion more efficiently. Grasses of different species are more useful in preventing erosion, that those of same variety, the roots of which grow only to some inches.

Types of Grasses

Following are the grass varieties, which you can try to create a lawn of miscellaneous types.

  • Switchgrass
  • Ryegrass
  • Bermuda Grass
  • Vetiver Hedge Grass
  • Tall Fescue
  • Red Fescue
  • Silvergrass

You are also free to plant small bushes, ornamental plants, flowering plants and climbers on the slopes, which will further assist to hold the soil firmly and prevent erosion.

However avoid plating shady trees, as the shade retards the growth of lawns.

Types Of Grasses
Types Of Grasses

Lawn Fertilizers

You will need these grasses all the time, because without them your problem of erosion will start disturbing you again. Therefore, you should take care of these grasses by watering them adequately and nurturing them with fertilizers. Use nitrogen-rich fertilizers after a month of planting. Avoid giving fertilizers at the time of planting, because it may burn the seeds. Before giving fertilizers, water the seeds for three days in a row, to avoid burning of seeds.

If you plant these grasses, you will get a lovely lawn, besides getting a solution to your problem of soil erosion.

Erosion Mats

Erosion mats help protecting the newly planted grass seeds and top layers of soil from washing away. The mats also protect the area further till the complete germination of the seeds. Once the seeds are germinated, their growing roots prevent erosion on their own.

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