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The Warning Signs of Soil Erosion

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Soil erosion is a serious and all too common problem. Not only does the erosion affect the soil itself but also any structures built on that soil. Because of the potentially negative effects of soil erosion, you should be aware of the warning signs of this issue. When you know these signs, it becomes much easier to protect yourself and your property against the threat of erosion.

Patches of Dead Land

One of the first major warning signs that you could have a problem with soil erosion is if you notice parts of your property or structure, especially parts near water, that are no longer growing grass, trees, or bushes.

These patches will typically appear dead and may feature no growth or very little growth in a gray or yellow color. Bald patches of land indicate that something is causing the soil to be unhealthy and infertile, thus inhibiting the growth of natural materials.

When soil erosion gets to the stage of causing dead patches, it is already a serious problem. Thus, you cannot afford to delay asking for help dealing with the erosion. The longer you wait, the more damage it will do.

Exposed Roots

As soil erodes and secedes, it will cause everything in the soil to appear as if it is rising up. This is not the case. While it may look like everything is rising up, the truth is that the soil is slowly being worn down.

This problem most often becomes evident once you start to notice that the roots of any surrounding trees, flowers, or bushes are exposed. The soil’s erosion is a problem because these plants and other natural materials provide necessary nutrients to keep soil healthy. When the soil erodes the plants start to die off and slip away, compounding the problem.

For this reason, soil erosion must be addressed quickly, ideally before it ever gets to this point.

Landscape Changes

Roots are not the only thing that eroded land can suddenly bring to the surface. Erosion causes everything that was once underground and invisible to slowly but surely become visible. Thus, if you start to notice any landscape changes, then have your soil checked for erosion.

For example, you might notice more rocks on your property, more bugs or worms crawling about, or soil that is suddenly harder and denser. Every change might not be due to soil erosion, but it could be, which is why regular testing of your soil is important.
Cracked Soil
Something else to be on the lookout for is any cracks forming in your soil.

Cracks are easy to write off as natural, but typically, soil starts to crack because of erosion. Cracking should definitely be checked out, after all, even if it's not due to erosion, the cracking could be due to other serious issues that will require your attention.

Floating Grass

Soil erosion is most likely to occur when a property is located near water. Sometimes, paying attention to the water instead of the soil will tip you off to potential problems.

If you happen to notice large clumps of grass or land floating in the nearby water, then this is a sign that the water is eroding the soil and carrying pieces of it out into the water.

The good news is that you can use a variety of methods to reduce or even prevent soil erosion. However, the longer you wait, the less likely it is that you can protect your soil. To keep soil erosion at bay or to stop it in its tracks, contact our experts here at DX2 Geosyntex, Inc., for help.