3 Ways to Protect Your Property from Landslides

by Sophie Tsang 08/07/2022

Landslides are caused by soil erosion and heavy rainfall. If your property has any slopes, it's important to check for signs of erosion so you can avoid the risk of causing a landslide. Here are three ways you can prevent erosion damage and landslides in your own yard:

Plant Densely

An abundance of deep-rooted vegetation is the best natural defense against soil erosion. If you don't already have trees or shrubs in your yard, consider planting some to strengthen the ground. Opt for evergreens like Douglas fir or shore pine for trees with strong, deep root systems. Shrubs like rosemary work well in combination with trees to prevent erosion and require relatively little watering to thrive.

If you already have trees and shrubs on your property, keep them well-maintained. Water the trees regularly as needed depending on their individual growth habits, and clear away dead or diseased trees to prevent debris buildup.

Cover Slopes

Growing trees and shrubs on sloped land can be tricky, but cover crops are an excellent way to protect against erosion with little hassle. Choose plants that are native to your area to promote a healthy ecosystem and ensure they thrive in your climate conditions. Some great options for cover crops are cereal grains like ryegrass, wheat and barley. Other favorites for erosion-prevention are clover, winter peas and mustard varieties.

Mulch Regularly

Bare areas in your yard are susceptible to erosion, but you don't have to plant over every inch to make a difference. Mulch is an excellent option for preventing soil erosion because it helps maintain an ideal moisture balance for the soil. At the same time, mulch will benefit surrounding plants and trees by preventing pests, weeds and damage from heavy rainfall.

Using a combination of these three methods will keep your property healthy and reduce both soil erosion and your risk of landslides.

About the Author
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Sophie Tsang

Sophie’s Civil Engineering background and marketing expertise contribute to her broad understanding and high efficiency in marketing real estate properties. She has been consistently a top performer since 2005, and ranks top 1% of all Silicon Valley Realtors, and top 1000 Realtors in the country per World Street Journal Real Trends.

As a seasoned negotiator, Sophie’s no-nonsense marketing system and meticulous attention to details have been key success factors. She is known as the The Fixer, or the Miracle Worker, frequently helps sellers sell their homes when other agents had failed or given up. She helps buyers get into homes when they previously struggled. 19 years in Real Estate, Sophie has honed her skills on getting the best possible results for her clients. Her trusted network of vendors and use of cutting-edge technology ensure each step of each transaction is executed to achieve next level result!

Sophie is a proud parent of 2 Eagle Scouts. She has done guest speaking at Faith Radio, and written a column for World Journal Newspaper to share her Real Estate knowledge. Sophie is a Palo Alto Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow, also a Golden Gate Keeper (Golden Gate National Park Conservancy)