erosion on a slope and garden planning - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by bdmason12
January 19, 2010
My garden has a slope and I have some erosion. I have a dry creek bed) do I need to add topsoil, and can I do it without digging up all existing plants? My goal is a french country garden.

Answer from NGA
January 19, 2010


You can help slow erosion by planting a groundcover or lots of plants with fibrous root systems that will help knit the soil together. I'd repair the damage by adding new top soil, even if it means having to remove existing plants. After the new soil has been tamped down, either cover it with a landscape fabric or immediately plant a ground cover to help hold the soil in place. If you repair the area and plant early this spring, the plants should be well established by this coming fall and will help control the erosion problem. Good luck with your garden!

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