How to Prevent Erosion: Build a Buffer Zone

If you’ve lived near water for any amount of time, you know that erosion is one of Mother Nature’s annoying little quirks. Bank erosion is a fact of life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do everything possible to prevent it. If you’ve noticed your banks gradually receding or water becoming shallower with each passing year, then you’ll want to read on for tips on how to keep your shoreline intact.

Our #1 tip for preventing bank erosion? Create a natural buffer zone along the shoreline with native land vegetation. Not only is it cost effective, but it’s a quick and painless solution. We recommend maintaining a vegetative buffer on dry ground that’s at least a few feet deep. And here’s why:

It protects against precipitation. When the rain falls, the bank’s soil bears the brunt of the impact, causing soil displacement. The result? Rapid bank erosion.

It filters runoff. This barrier outside the water helps keep unwanted nutrients, pollutants and chemicals from disrupting water quality. And keep in mind that the deeper your dry-ground vegetative buffer, the more it will work to your advantage.

It holds soil together. Your vegetative barrier is a first line of defense against aggressive wind and waves. The land plants’ root systems help keep the soil in its place and help prevent soil displacement.

If your pond or lake is suffering from erosion, take this important first step towards a healthier, happier waterbody. It’ll be worth the extra bit of effort in the end.

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