Soil Erosion

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in erosion, Foundation Drainage, Foundations, Oklahoma Weather, Slab Lifting | Comments Off on Soil Erosion

Soil Erosion

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, now is a great time to be getting out in the yard and doing some planting.  For many of us, this means filling our flower beds or vegetable patches, but with the recent rains and more on the way, you might want to consider something a little larger.

As I’ve mentioned before, Tulsa lies on a flood plain; its soil is very fine and, for lack of a better term, slippery.  When we have an extended wet season all of that rain and flooding moves the soil around your home, sometimes taking it away altogether.  This problem is exacerbated by hot, dry summers (which is exactly what the forecast has in store for us this year).  Beyond aesthetics, when the soil shifts and then shrinks, many homes see foundation shifts as well – sometimes even slab cracks and breakage.

The simplest and, in my opinion, most fun way to combat that shifting and erosion is with trees and shrubs.

It makes sense, doesn’t it?  Trees and shrubs have larger root systems which act as anchors, keeping your soil where it belongs.  Some Oklahoma favorites are crepe myrtles, butterfly bushes, and of course our state tree, the redbud.  

Redbud trees are a beautiful addition to any yard.

Redbud trees are a beautiful addition to any yard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, as much as I love trees, I’m not going to pretend that they’re a cure-all, nor will they fix any problems you already have – that’s our job.  But once you’ve had your slab foundation stabilized, or your piering adjusted, finding answers to your erosion problems will go a long way towards making sure your foundation repairs last for decades to come.

 

For more information on how to combat erosion caused by drainage problems, check out my article on French drains.

Have a happy, safe, and fun Memorial Day weekend!

 

-Brianna