Hillside Stabilization Protection
There’s always an increased risk of losing the top soil in the premises of hillside houses. Hence, greater efforts are required to prevent erosion around hillside houses.
Today, there are wads of methods for protecting hillside homes from the loss of topsoil. Most of these techniques entail the use of landfills, soil reinforcement, load support for soft soil, as well as special drainage systems around the home.
The infill materials used in these methods are selected based on the unique environmental factors in the surrounding. These materials include sand, gravel, stones, select vegetation, and concrete with various strengths and finishes.
The Best Measures for Hillside Stabilization Protection
Grass and shrubs can provide effective hedges against erosion forces. Since the roots of the plants hold the soil in place, these plants make it harder for the soil to be washed away. In addition, the plants’ leaves shield the soil against falling raindrops by reducing the velocity with which the drops fall on the soil, and this makes it harder for raindrops to distort the structure of the soil.
Also, sprawling shrubs and carpet grasses can serve as an additional layer of protection that shields the top soil away from the elements.
Erosion Control Blankets
Compost blankets and mats are designed to reduce the impact of running water on the surface of slopes and embankments. These blankets are usually available in a wide variety, including compost, fiber, and biodegradable types. A fiber blanket is designed to degrade slowly, giving way to the vegetation that has been growing in the area to fill the voids and continue protecting the soil. Compost blankets are designed to serve a similar purpose, providing extra nutrient that promote the growth of the hedging vegetation in the area.
This measure serves better in very steep hillside slopes where the protection of verdure is ineffective because the steepness of the area promotes high-speed erosion which the vegetation might not stand up to. Terraces, which can serve as beds for growing vegetation, can provide an effective temporary protection to allow the vegetation to grow deeper roots that can withstand heavy erosion. You can build terraces using a wide range of materials, including wood, concrete blocks, mulch/seed fillings, and bio-mechanical structures.
Drainage diversions created on marked out paths around the perimeter of the house help significantly reduce erosion by redirecting drainage water away from the home effectively. You can do this by simply creating ditches and gutters at regular intervals on the slope.