Cover areas of the slope with up to 2 inches of mulch composed of bark chips, pine needles, wood chips and even river rock or stones.
Select plants for landscaping that will stabilize the soil like sedum, creeping thyme, verbena or other ground covers. Check tags to make sure these plants will do well with the amount of light and type of soil that are on the slope.
Plant vegetation according to the spacing and depth requirements of the plants, which generally are listed on the plant's tags.
Select an erosion control net, mat or blanket to put over the slope before planting to keep the area from eroding until the plant's roots bind the soil together.
Install the erosion net according the manufacture instructions, making sure that all the edges are firmly pinned in place.
Plant the ground cover of your choice according the depth and spacing requirements indicated on the plant's tag.
Install a wood or rock retaining wall, terracing, or other type of stabilization system. Use treated lumber with any wood used in these systems.
Check impervious surfaces surrounding steep slopes like roads, parking lots, roofs and other surfaces that repel rainwater and impede it from soaking into the ground.
Reduce these impervious surfaces by installing gutters, French drains and other drainage systems or by putting gravel on roads and pathways instead of pavement. Each of these techniques redirects excess water, encouraging it to soak into the ground rather than limiting its flow.
Things You Will Need
- Anti-erosion material
- Ground cover plants
- Be sure to check your local building and safety office to see what permits may be required to install retaining walls.